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Ice Cave, Decorah
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Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve has one of the largest glacières in the Midwestern United States. It consists of a 3-acre parcel of land at the edge of Barbara Barnhart VanPeenen Memorial Park in the northern portion of the city of Decorah, in Winnesheik County, Iowa.

Ice caves are one characteristic of karst topography, along with sinkholes and cave systems, all of which are present in the area, a portion of the Driftless Area of Iowa.

The cave was given to Decorah in 1954, and remains the property of the city. It was declared a state geological state preserve in 1973. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978.
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  • We stopped here on our way to Dunning park which is just up the road from here. A short set of steps up to the cave entrance. This is probably not for anyone that is claustrophobic. Interesting limest...  more »
  • If you're in the area it's worth the stop. It will only take a few minutes to walk up the steps and see the inside of the cave. 
  • The only ice cave between the Atlantic and the Black Hills. The main cave had a wall that shifted in the 1990's leaving a small opening to crawl through in order to continue back another 100 feet or s...  more »