Wallace & Bowers Nature Area

Help protect and restore 160 acres near the northeast shore of Big Spirit Lake.

Water that flows into Big Spirit Lake is just beginning a long journey through the Iowa Great Lakes system. As Iowa's largest natural lake, Big Spirit Lake is more than 5,500 acres and is a part of 34,000 acre watershed. What happens at Wallace and Bowers affects many waters that Iowans love. This project will protect source water (drinking water in it's natural environment), improve water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes, increase wildlife habitat and has the potential to expand recreation opportunities. Wallace & Bowers is in a prominent location on the northeast shore of Big Spirit Lake, tucked between the Minnesota Border and the Shore Acres neighborhood. The property is also surrounded by public areas, with Trickle Slough Wildlife Management Area to the east and McClelland Beach and MiniWakan State Park to the west. INHF also owns the North Shore Project, 48 acres slated for prairie restoration along the north shore of Big Spirit Lake, just west of Wallace & Bowers Nature Area. This project is one of only eight watersheds selected nationwide to participate in the USDA's National Water Quality Initiative. 

Wallace and Bowers Map

Management and Restoration:

Wallace & Bowers Nature Area will be owned and restored by INHF. Initial restoration began in the fall of 2018 and focuses on reducing water flow, soil loss and nutrient runoff  into Big Spirit  Lake. Wetland restoration will take place during the summer of 2019 in the northwest corner of the property, where flooding is an ongoing issue. A diverse native prairie buffer has been seeded and will sprout along the southern border of the property. Alfalfa buffers are planted just north of the prairie to help with soil and water retention after precipitation events. Cover crops were planted across the entire no-till managed crop grounds.