Decorah, Iowa – The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is aiding in improving trout habitat and expanding the use of trout streams in Winneshiek County after recently purchasing two properties in Winneshiek County.
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation recently purchased over 96 acres of land along Coldwater Creek and an area near North Bear Creek, both popular creeks for trout fishing. Until the purchase, both areas were conditionally open to the public based on an informal agreement between the property owners and the Iowa DNR, according to a blog on the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation website.
The blog says that the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation hopes to increase the size of the Coldwater Creek Wildlife Management Area by 30 percent and also protect the North Bear Creek area, which is surrounded by cropland and natural area, including native woodland and restored prairie. The blog says the North Bear Creek access will be transferred to the Iowa DNR for future management.
More information about the property acquisitions can be found on the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation website, inhf.org.