Grammer Grove Wildlife Area
NW of Albion off S-75; 2030 127th St
The Marshall County Conservation Board purchased Grammer Grove in 1967. At that time the area consisted of timber, pasture and row crops. Today Grammer Grove provides a place for recreation and outdoor education.
This 121 acre wildlife refuge is a popular area for tent campers, bird watchers, hikers, and picnickers. The many diverse habitat types offer numerous opportunities to view wildlife.
The Wisconsin glacier, which occurred 14,000 years ago, covered Marshall County west of State Center. The Kansan glacier, 1 million years ago, covered the rest of Marshall County. One of these ice sheets, hundreds to thousands of feet thick spread across this area from arctic Canada about 1 million years ago. When the ice melted, soil, wood, and boulders from as far away as Canada were deposited in Iowa. This large granite boulder is a remnant of the last glacier that covered Grammer Grove.
Extremely cold temperatures and high precipitation helped form the glaciers. When temperatures increased, the ice sheets melted and life soon reappeared.
Mosses were first. Then later came the evergreens: spruces, firs, pine and cedar. Next appeared the deciduous trees such as oaks and maples
Many species of wildlife make their home at Grammer Grove including deer and turkey.Features and Activities:
· Two picnic shelters
· Primitive restrooms
· Electricity (available spring through fall)
· Drinking water (available spring through fall)
· Tent camping
· Horseback riding
· Bird watching and wildlife viewing
· Cross country skiing
Map of Grammar Grove: