Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve

Local involvement helped save this roosting area for Bald Eagles.

Why You Should Visit

Lock and Dam No. 14 Woodland Preserve, located on the Mississippi River just below Lock and Dam 14, was donated to the Iowa Chapter by the Van Vooren, Nelson and Schermer families. This preserve provides an important habitat for wintering bald eagles, which can be commonly seen during your visit.


Lock and Dam No. 14 Preserve is located on the Mississippi River just below Lock and Dam 14.


9.2 acres

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site:

Local involvement was the key to saving this site. Local eagle enthusiasts worked to save this roost for bald eagles with the Conservancy’s help.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing

The Conservancy worked to make a compromise between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local eagle enthusiasts to save this site through proper management of the dam and surrounding areas.

What to See: Plants

Lock and Dam No. 14 is rich with a wide variety of trees, including: cottonwood, green ash, honey locust, red maple, red oak, river birch, silver maple, sycamore and willow.

What to See: Animals

The wintering bald eagles are the most popular attraction at Lock and Dam N. 14 Preserve. Other animals include: American eel, buffalo fish, bullhead, carp, catfish, crappie, drum, northern pike, paddlefish and sturgeon. For more information on Bald Eagles, go here.

Preserve Visitation Guidelines


From I-80, head south on Z30 until reaching Hwy 67. Turn east on 67 a short distance and the preserve will be on the right along the Mississippi River just below Lock and Dam No. 14.


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