Casper Bluff Land & Water Preserve

Not only does Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve boast some of the most commanding views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs, it is also an archaeologically significant site. The 85-acre site contains the Aiken Mound Group, named for the nearby community of Aiken. Our knowledge of these mounds stems from 1900, when William Baker Nickerson, an amateur archaeologist who worked for the railroads, documented 51 mounds at this location: 38 long, wall-like structures, 12 conical mounds, and one thunderbird effigy. Nickerson also observed an earth ellipse or hut-ring and two circular depressions. Learn more...

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Latitude: 42.360284 Longitude: -90.419152 Elevation: 718 ft
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Betsy Kaage

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking paths, bird-watching, nature studies, natural prairie restoration

Seasons Accessible

Open Year Round


donations accepted

Accessibility Notes

Parking is available.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome and bags are available to clean up after your dog.


Just discovered Casper Bluff this past weekend for the candle light snow shoe walk. No snow shoes but beautiful event. Can't wait to bring our grandchildren there when they come to visit what great beauty. Out our own back door sometimes you discover the most amazing sights. Thanks for opening this reserve to us and everyone. Looking forward to more events there.

Susan Droessler , 2/8/2016

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