This area contains an example of good-quality woodland in Iowa and is adjacent to Motor Mill, where historic limestone buildings dating back to 1866 are located.
Why You Should Visit
Retz Memorial Forest features a diverse complex of oak, sugar maple and basswood forest within the context of the highly dissected landscape typical of northeast Iowa’s Paleozoic Plateau. Picturesque limestone cliffs and chimneys tower over a deep ravine filled with massive limestone blocks.
Clayton County, about 20 miles from the Wisconsin border.
Retz is an upland forest, which is a region of forest land that is found on hills and plains away from rivers and marshes.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Retz Memorial Forest was purchased by the Conservancy in 1965 from the Kopp family. It was named in memory of Lyle Retz, who played a major part in the acquisition of the site.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
In 1980, the forest was designated as a biological and geological State Preserve.