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Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
8700 NE 126 Ave.
Maxwell, IA 50161
Park: Camp, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt stretches for almost ten miles along the Skunk River in northeast Polk County. Chichaqua’s recreational facilities include electric and non-electric campsites, canoe rental, picnic areas, rental lodge, hiking trails, trap shooting range, dog training area, and waterfowl hunting blinds. Reservations for some campsites can be made on-line at www.mycountyparks.com. The area’s natural features include old oxbow river channels and backwaters, marshes, and wetlands. Chichaqua also includes sandy upland hills with reconstructed prairies and native prairie remnants. In 1910, a 100-foot long Warren pony truss was constructed to span the Skunk River about a mile south of its current site. The bridge was used until 1992 when it was moved to its present location at Chichaqua. It is one of the only 17 remaining bridges in Iowa of this design. The bridge is now restricted to foot traffic and crosses the old Skunk River.