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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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  • Signs to get here are too small or maybe non existent? We had to stop a jogger to get directions: do we go left or right on Ice Cave Road. When we got there, it was one small parking area and maybe ou...  more »
  • We had to ask where the Ice Cave is. We went too far and got to the 'pick up' point for rafters and had to turn around. Very little parking and only a very tiny sign. It's a small area and you need a ...  more »
  • This is an unusual spot and a rare geological structure. To see the ice you need to visit in the Nay - July time frame. It is cold and you need a flashlight. Cave entrance is only about 50' off the ro...  more »

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