Reeds Run Wildlife Management Area

Natural restoration at Reeds Run is a high priority for cleaner water in the Iowa Great Lakes.

The restored wetlands, prairie and wildlife at this key location do much more than brighten the world for the neighborhood and those who enjoy the trail. This place is quietly helping to keep Big Spirit Lake clean, every day.

Water from this area has almost instant access to the lakes in a storm, with little time to filter out contaminants. By keeping this site natural rather than developed, an estimated 647 pounds of phosphorus is prevented from reaching the Iowa Great Lakes each year — and that means preventing thousands of pounds of algae from forming.

At the same time, this site provides a home for many kinds of life. Migratory birds especially rely on land like this at the lakes for food, water and nesting.

Trail users, birders, wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking a quiet, beautiful spot will enjoy nature here at any time. Naturalist-led hikes and experiences will be offered here and Dickinson County Conservation will manage the prairie and wetlands to sustain wildlife as well as water quality benefits.

Join the fun

Volunteers from Spirit Lake Protective Association are planning events this summer to invite Lakes residents and visitors to experience this place and support its protection. Contact Joe Ulman at 712-291-0190 to learn how you can be part of this fun-loving group that’s making a difference.

Gray Ghost Prairie

Above: Approximately 182 acres drain from Reeds Run subwatershed to Big Spirit Lake through this project site. Permanent natural vegetation and wetlands here will always help to cleanse the water draining from this working landscape. 

Buy fun artistic items to support Reeds Run!

You can add a one-of-a-kind furniture item or decorative accent piece to your home—and help establish Reeds Run Wildlife Area at the same time!

Local artists and volunteers are working to refurbish or decorate a growing assortment of items. Some items are new; others are reclaimed. All have original artistic touches with a nautical or nature theme. Examples are shown here.

Bid for yours at the silent auctions to be held at the July 3 Pancake Breakfast or the August 12th event.  Place your bids anytime throughout the morning, and volunteers will contact winners at the end of the event.  Winners be able to pick up items, or volunteers can deliver them. Let’s make this fun!

Help complete this project