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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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  • Very cool rock formation inside you can't go too far inside the cave but the temperature difference is amazing going in on a really hot day. 
  • A special place to stop and explore- no entry fee- good for kids! This would especially nice to go into, during the summer, when it's hot, as the cave is always in the 50's! 
  • 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 »