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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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  • really needs some upkeep,....this COULD be a jewel, ....ya need a flashlight....there is ice all the way back as far as tou can go.....just kinda sad someone left this to them, and it has fallen in di...  more »
  • The ice cave in Decorah is really fun to visit if you're into geology, no question there. However, I expected something much more after watching videos and seeing pictures of it. The area is much smal...  more »
  • We were kind of disappointed with the tiny, ice cave but it was still cool to see. We went this month and the ice was pretty slippery. You can't see anything and it doesn't go far back at all. Still p...  more »