Established by the Iowa Department of Transportation as a wetland mitigation site, Swamp White Oak emphasizes constructed wetlands and bottomland timber. Swamp White Oak is named for the bottomland oak that can be found here. The plentiful game and diverse songbird populations make the 123-acres of Swamp White Oak a popular destination for wildlife observation. Many  species including deer, squirrels, raccoons, waterfowl, and many furbearing animals are found here. There is a mowed path leading into the area from the parking lot.