Upper Iowa/Lower Dam
In Iowa, United States
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The cache is northeast of Decorah. It can be reached by either the gravel River Road (entrance is off this)... or stay on blacktop most of the way, on the Canoe Ridge blacktop. Very scenic country with lots of pretty hills and valleys!
The cache is located on Iowa DNR land known as the Lower Dam area on the Upper Iowa River. A somewhat bad road between 1/2 and 1 mile in length leads you to the area. You can take a car in, just watch carefully for bad bumps and rocks. You'll see the broken out dam. Bring a fishing pole and fish a bit below it. Or plan to go tubing, canoeing or just play in the river. This river almost had National Scenic River status a few years back. It was highlighted in National Geographic Adventure magazine for its canoeing. There are some places to pitch a tent, complete with primitive fire rings if you like. The whole area is primitive.
Driving in you'll note an old road forking off to the left when you've almost reached the general parking area. You'll want to journey down this "road" until it becomes a footpath and beyond. Better let you know this, or your GPS might lead you to attempt to climb up a nasty bluff right where the road starts (don't do it; the road somewhat doubles back!)
Wear long pants, long sleeves and good hiking boots. This is possibly NOT one for the kids. You're be climbing a steep slope to the base of a bluff. The hillside has loose dirt, rocks, poison ivy, plants that'll "stick" ya, etc. on it. Also trees that you'll grab to support you that then just break off (please make sure it's a GOOD tree before you grab. I've WARNED YOU. lol)
*****The cache is in/around a tree. Will tell you that much. (It's been re-located, 8/16/02, but this is still true. Heck, it's probably harder to find now. LOL ;-)
If you like, you can continue down the trail later. If you go about 2 miles on it and stick by the river, you'll come to the next crossroad, known as Lundy Bridge. Ask me if you'd like to do this and I'll give you more details. I don't have coordinates for all this now.
Speaking of which, I hope my coordinates are "on." I tried it twice and when I found the cache, my Etrex said I should be within 20 feet of it. There is heavy tree cover.
THE CACHE IS A **SMALL** RUBBERMAID CONTAINER. Keep this in mind for what you place in it. Original contents included a camera (please take a shot... it even has FLASH), pencil and notepad (forgot the pen), 2 silly magnets, a small hairbrush, a "fun for kids" booklet, a small deck of Washington D.C. playing cards, and Huahh the Froggy Travel Bug (that's all I can remember).
The cache was actually placed July 21, 2002. I didn't want to list it till I double-checked the location.
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Last Updated: on 10/28/2012 6:08:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:08 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum