Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Jefferson County Conservation Board, Fairfield, Iowa
Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Turkey Run Wildlife Area is located on Osage Ave in south-central Jefferson County.

The Cedar Creek provides canoe access. This is the largest public hunting area in Jefferson County, and is a popular place for fishing.

⚫ 405 acres
⚫ Equestrian trail - bridle path
⚫ Fishing in Cedar Creek
⚫ Boating - canoe access.   Go to Cedar Creek Water Trail map
⚫ Hunting
⚫ Prairie plantings

Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Turkey Run Wildlife Area is located on Osage Ave. in south-central Jefferson County. The area is bounded by Cedar Creek on the north and the Van Buren county line on the south.

The original 265 acres of Turkey Run was purchased in 1974 with HCRS matching funds. Since then four different parcels of land totalling 140 acres have been purchased which increases the size of the area to 405 acres.

Turkey Run Wildlife Area is the largest public hunting area in Jefferson County.
   See the Hunting page.

In 1991, a five acre wetland area was developed for waterfowl habitat and a canoe access was constructed on Cedar Creek. Canoeists can put in at Turkey Run and take out 6 miles downstream at Round Prairie Park.    Learn more about Cedar Creek.

Photo of Cedar Creek

Turkey Run Wildlife Area is 90% timberland providing excellent wildlife habitat for wild turkey, deer, squirrels, rabbits and upland game birds. Approximately 40 acres of native prairie grass, pine tree plantings and wildlife food plots have been established in the area.

  Details here about turkey restoration.

An equestrian primitive camp area and six miles of horseback riding trails have been recently established at Turkey Run Wildlife Area. Horse back riding is prohibited during deer and turkey hunting seasons (October through mid-January, and early April through mid-May).

Because of excessive shooting debris and complaints from hunters, the shooting range was removed at Turkey Run Wildlife Area in 2013. The Jefferson County Conservation Board adopted a rule at that time that no target shooting will be allowed in any area managed by the Jefferson County Conservation Board.

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 12-23-16

 

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