Nahant Marsh Education Center

Nahant Marsh is a 265-acre nature preserve nestled in southwest Davenport. Nahant Marsh is the larges urban wetland on the upper Mississippi River. It is part of a 513-acre wetland complex that is home to 410 plant species, 151 bird species, 34 mammal species, 9 reptiles and amphibians, and numerous fish and invertebrate species. Nahant Marsh is also a stopover site for many migrating waterfowl and songbird species. This unique preserve is comprised of several habitats including, marshes, open water, vernal ponds, tallgrass prairie, sand prairie, and bottomland woods. Nahant Marsh is an official interpretive center for the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

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Latitude: 41.490281 Longitude: -90.635167 Elevation: 561 ft
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Nahant Marsh Education Center

Recreational Opportunities

Nahant Marsh has three miles of hiking trails and boardwalks; a bird blind, dock, and raised platforms for wildlife viewing and photography; two shelters for picnicking; and an education center that offers various programs, education animals, and interpretation of the site.

Seasons Accessible

Nahant Marsh Education Center is open all year.



Accessibility Notes

The education center is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday and 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Trails are open from dawn to dusk. If the main gate is locked, trails are accessible from the front parking lot. Look for the opening in the fence near the kiosk.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash.


Beautiful spot to walk and observe nature. They have wonderful educational programs for the community. Lots of great kids programs.

Erin Duffy, 10/12/2016

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