Otter Creek Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

Chelsea, Iowa

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Hidden down an old, rutty road, this marshland hike is deep in the heart of one of Iowa’s hidden wetlands. Wild iris, cattails, turtles, herons, cranes, and an array of colorful dragonflies coexist on this Iowa River floodplain.

Otter Creek Marsh State Wildlife Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"Hidden down an old, rutty road, this marshland hike is deep in the heart of one of Iowa’s hidden wetlands. Wild iris, cattails, turtles, herons, cranes, and an array of colorful dragonflies coexist on this Iowa River floodplain."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Chelsea
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Spring and Summer
Local Contacts: Wildlife Management Area
Local Maps: USGS map: Chelsea, Iowa
Driving Directions: Directions to Otter Creek Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

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May 2018