Macbride Nature Recreation Area, Solon

#12 of 27 in Wildlife in Iowa
MNRA is a 485-acre peninsula leased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the University of Iowa since 1969. University of Iowa Recreational Services has managed the property since 1984.

The land is bordered by Coralville Lake (Iowa River) to the south and west, and Lake Macbride State Park to the north. It was originally an oak savanna and we are now managing it to restore that ecosystem.

There are several hiking and cross-country skiing trails totaling ten kilometers. MNRA is also the home of the Environmental Education Programs: School of the Wild, Wildlife Camps, and Iowa Raptor Project. Although we partner with Lake Macbride State Park on projects, we are not affiliated.

April 1 - October 31: 6:00am - 9:00pm

​November 1 - March 31: 9:00am - 6:00pm
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  • The trails around here are surprisingly varied and full of interesting overlooks and gullies. The raptor center is not to be missed.  more »
  • This area, and all surrounding it, are simply some of the most gorgeous and serene areas in Iowa and furthermore, in the country. Get some excercise outdoors, bring your kids, your pets, your friends,...  more »
  • Large, quiet, lots of nature-based rec opportunities and easily accessible.
  • I've never made use of the camping sites, but I love the raptor refuge and I ADORE the bird blind. The lake is gorgeous and there are abundant trails for hiking in nearly any weather. Lake Macbride is an absolute treasure.
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