Redtail Ridge Habitat Area
Redtail Ridge Habitat Area was purchased by the county in 1980 with assistance from Wildlife Habitat Stamp funds. Portions of the area lie on both the east and west sides of the Little Sioux River south of County Road C44, approximately 4 miles south of Cherokee, Iowa. Parking and trail access are available only on the east side. The area is undeveloped and open to hunting during all state regulated hunting seasons. Camping and fires are not permitted.
Approximately 1.85 miles of trails are mowed and maintained at Redtail Ridge. The trails are popular among birdwatchers, hikers and crosscountry skiers. The northern portion of the area is a former gravel pit containing small, shallow wetlands and grasslands that provide excellent pheasant hunting. The remainder of the area is flood plain timber, containing many silver maples, cottonwoods, walnut trees, and upland timber, mostly oak-hickory forest with hackberry and elm. Several small prairie and savanna remnants are found near the ridge top on the eastern boundary.
Fishing opportunity includes nearly one mile of Little Sioux River access. Local residents recall a “fish trap” or weir built of stone in this portion of the river, where indigenous tribes and early settlers did their fishing. The area was often traveled and well-populated by indigenous people prior to European settlement
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- Picnic Table
- Mowed Hiking Trail
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Bird Watching
1592 580th Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
Operating Hours & Seasons
- Hunting- Open During All Iowa Hunting Seasons
- Portable tree stands only! No objects nailed or screwed to trees.
- Shooting targets, trap or skeet are prohibited.
- Vehicles, horses, fires and camping are prohibited.
- Closed 10:30pm-6:00am.