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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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  • Quick little stop at the ice cave. Doesn’t go too far in. The road to the cave was closed but we were able to walk around the barrier and to the cave. Nice stair entrance but the cave didn’t take very...  more »
  • The cave is very short. It's more of a crevasse in the side of a bluff. Most people there came out bewildered. "That's all it is," was the common expression. It would be good to visit on a 95 degree d...  more »
  • 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 »

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