Here you will look out over a hemi marsh, a wetland with deeper water. Aquatic plants emerge from the wetland and great blue heron and great egrets stalk the marsh looking for a meal.
Latitude: 42.037184 Longitude: -90.114141 Elevation: 596 ft
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Interests and Areas of Expertise
I like birdwatching, kayaking, camping and hiking. I'm also an avid geocacher but I haven't embarked on Pokemon Go. I'm an environmental educator and interpreter.
My favorite canoe trail on the refuge is the Reno Bottoms canoe trail. The access is a bit tricky carrying my kayak the 1/4 mile to the input. It is well worth the walk because the trail winds through a very wild part of the river. It is definitely for the experienced paddler. I have paddled the 261 river miles of the refuge, camping on islands, staying on a docked pontoon in Lansing, Iowa. I enjoyed cooking under the stars and waking up to sunrises over the river. This trip took me 10 days, lazy days on the river refuge. The wildlife I saw included bald eagles, turkey vultures, red fox, all the species of turtles, fish jumping, a belted kingfisher, great blue heron, egret, sandhill cranes, muskrat, beaver and a mink running on a floating log. I'm sure there was wildlife watching me that I missed seeing.
I like paddling, walking along the shoreline, fishing and going to interpretive programs. I especially like going to the State Parks that overlook the refuge. When I am up on top of the bluffs looking down at the Mississippi River gives me an appreciate for what a treasure we have.
Wildlife observation is always an activity at this location. You may also trek up to the Visitor Center from this location.