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Iowa

Population: 2,926,324 (2000)

State Background
Species
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Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

515-281-5918
www.iowadnr.com

State Background

Iowa is a Midwest state of the United States. It is bordered by Minnesota on the north; Nebraska and South Dakota on the west; Missouri on the south; and Wisconsin and Illinois on the east. The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the state. The boundary along the west is formed by the Missouri River south of Sioux City and by the Big Sioux River north of Sioux City.

There are several natural lakes in the state, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa. The topography of the state is gently rolling plains. Loess hills lie along the western border of the state. Some of these are several hundred feet thick.

The point of lowest elevation is Keokuk in southeastern Iowa, at 480 feet. The point of highest elevation, at 1,670 feet, is Hawkeye Point, located in a feedlot north of Sibley in northwest Iowa. The mean elevation of the state is 1,099 feet. Considering the size of the state at 56,271 square miles, there is very little elevation difference.

Iowa experiences a continental climate with extremes of both heat and cold. The average annual temperature at Des Moines is 50.0F. Winters are brisk and snowfall common, the capital receiving an average of 36.3 inches per season. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season, as well as bringing increased precipitation and warming temperatures. The Iowan summer is known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures sometimes exceeding 100F.

State Species

Big Game White-tailed Deer    
Waterfowl Canadian Geese
Coots
Ducks
Light Geese
Mergansers
Rail
Snipe
White-fronted Geese
Woodcock
Furbearer Badger
Beaver
Coyote
Grey Fox
Groundhog
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Otter
Raccoon
Red Fox
Striped Skunk
Weasel
Small Game Bobwhite Quail
Cottontail Rabbit
Crow
Fow Squirrel
Gray Partridge
Gray Squirrel
Jack Rabbit
Pheasant
Pigeon
Quail
Rooster Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Turkey
Sport Fish American Eel
Black Bass
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brook Silversides
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Codfish
Common Carp
Crappie
Drum
Gar
Gizzard Shad
Grass Pickerel
Green Sunfish
Lamprey
Largemouth Bass
Morone Hybrid
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Ocean Striped Bass
Orange-spotted Sunfish
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Skipjack Herring
Smallmouth Bass
Sturgeon
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Bass
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Iowa Outdoors Rambling Reports

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