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Prehistoric mounds are common from the plains of the Midwest to the Atlantic seaboard, but only in this general area was there a culture that regularly constructed mounds in the shape of mammals, birds, or reptiles. The monument contains 2,526 acres with 195 mounds of which 31 are effigies. The others are conical, linear and compound. Eastern Woodland Indians built mounds from about 500 BC until the early European contact period.

Natural features in the monument include forests, tallgrass prairies, wetlands and rivers. The visitor center, located at the park entrance, contains museum exhibits highlighting archaeological and natural specimens, an auditorium and book sales outlet. The park has eleven miles of hiking trails. No roads exist in the park. Rangers give guided hikes and prehistoric tool demonstrations, June 11 through Labor Day weekend. Educational programs are presented on- and off-site by appointment. There are no lodging or camping facilities in the park. Nearest camping is at Pikes Peak State Park and Yellow River State Forest in Iowa and Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin. Various primitive campgrounds exist in the area as well.

    

CONTACTS

Email - efmo_superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 563-873-3743

Write to
151 HWY 76
Harpers Ferry, IA 52146-7519

Phone
Visitor Information - 563-873-3491

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
Effigy Mounds is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in October. The monument is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Getting There
PLANE - Regional airports in La Crosse (70 miles) and Madison (120 miles), WI; and Dubuque (70 miles) and Cedar Rapids (120 miles), IA

CAR - Three miles north of Marquette, IA or seventeen miles south of Waukon, IA on state highway 76. Also six miles across Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien, WI

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - none

Weather & Climate
Our summers are generally hot and humid, spring and autumn are mild with moderate temperatures, winters can be cold and snowy.

Accessibility
Visitor Center, museum, book sales outlet and auditorium are accessible to wheelchairs. Consult rangers at information desk for access to the hiking trails.


FACILITIES

Museums
MUSEUM
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - extended hours in summer
Phone - 563-873-3491

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Effigy Mounds National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Andy Mountain Campground, Harpers Ferry, 1 miles away
Frenchman's Landing Campground, Eastman, 2 miles away
Yellow River State Forest - Frontier Equestrian, Waterville, 5 miles away
Yellow River State Forest - Creekside Equestrian, Waterville, 6 miles away
Yellow River State Forest - Little Paint Creek, Waterville, 6 miles away
Yellow River State Forest - Big Paint Creek, Waterville, 7 miles away
Sugar Creek City Campground, Lynxville, 8 miles away
 Marinas Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Delphey Brothers Marina, Harpers Ferry , 0 miles away
Brown's Riverside CT & Marina, Harpers Ferry , 0 miles away
End of the Line Boat Marina, Harpers Ferry , 0 miles away
Babe's Marina, Monona , 5 miles away
Winneshiek Marina, Prairie Du Chien , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Prairie Du Chien, WI, Prairie du Chien , 6 miles away
AmericInn Prairie Du Chien, Prairie du Chien , 8 miles away
Cobblestone Inn And Suites Of Marquette IA, Marquette , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Prairie Du Chien, Prairie du Chien , 9 miles away
Super 8 Prairie Du Chien, Prairie du Chien , 9 miles away
Stauer House B B, McGregor , 9 miles away
Linton - Cobblestone Inn Sui, Linton , 10 miles away
 Trails Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Yellow River State Forest Trail, Allamakee County , 5 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 27 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 41 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Chestnut Mountain, Illinois , 69 miles away, 475 foot drop, 4 lifts, 17 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Illinois , 94 miles away, 262 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
 Public Lands Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Yellow River State Forest, Iowa , 7 miles away
Pikes Peak State Park, Iowa , 10 miles away
Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin , 11 miles away
Nelson Dewey State Park, Wisconsin , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Effigy Mounds National Monument:
Prairie Du Chien Country Club, Prairie Du Chien , 11 miles away
Guttenberg Golf & Country Club, Guttenberg , 20 miles away

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