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Pictured Rocks

Just 5 miles south of Monticello, this 726-acre wildlife management area can be found along the banks of the Maquoketa River.

Pictured Rocks is named for the steep limestone bluffs that enclose the narrow river valley. The terrain makes it ideal for the smallmouth bass fisherman, canoeist, climber, deer and turkey hunter, woodland wildflower enthusiast, and hiker.  Hiking trails transverse the undeveloped hardwood forest at Pictured Rocks and the adjacent state preserve, Indian Bluffs.  Several small caves along the bluff face attract spelunkers from across Iowa.   (Due to the steep nature of the road leading into Pictured Rocks, the road is typically closed following the first snowfall.)  


Forms & Rules

Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks have been designated as a Bird Conservation Area by the Iowa DNR.

Bird Conservation Area

Park Features







Park Hours

4:30am to 10:30pm


Located 5 miles southeast of Monticello Iowa on 190th Street just past Camp Courageous.

Map · Pictured Rocks