Sweet Marsh WMA--south

Sweet Marsh WMA--south

2651 170th St. Tripoli, IA 50676

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Tips for Birding

There is a  a number of mowed walk-able maintenance roads that lead out to the heart of the marsh area. Parking areas are available as you drive in from the south entrance.

Birds of Interest

Great Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, hawks, eagles, waterfowl, and a wide variety of songbirds and warblers.

About Upper Wapsipinicon Riparian Corridor Bird Conservation Area

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This area has many different habitat types and is an important gathering and resting area for many species of shorebirds and waterfowl. It is also a stopover area for many species of passerines (including warblers and sparrows). Over 270 species of birds have been seen in or near the area.

From Waterloo take U.S. Highway 63 North to State Highway 93 and take this highway to Tripoli. Continue across County Road V43 at the stop sign in Tripoli. Follow this paved road about 2 or 3 miles to the south entrance to the area (just past the second bridge). Turn left into the park. There are several more entrances (two on the east side, one on the north and two on the west) to the area as you drive around the marsh on gravel roads.

Notable Trails

The Sweet Water Trail, just west of the south entrance, is a 2-mile paved walking/bike trail, lined with trees, fields, and wooded areas. This trail goes all the way into Tripoli. This trail is wheelchair accessible. There is a small parking area at the south end that may be able to handle someone needing to use a wheel chair.


  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

Content from Karl Fliris and Upper Wapsipinicon Riparian Corridor BCA

Last updated July 22, 2023