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Ice Cave, Decorah

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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2.5/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • This is a small cave that ices up during certain times of the year. It wasn't iced up on our trip but it was cool to see. You can enter the cave about 40 feet and you're done. 
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