North River Greenbelt: Swamp White Oak Tract


Address: 5957 Elk Horn ST
Norwalk, IA 50211


Take Hwy 28 south of Norwalk, turn west on Elkhorn. The area is on the north side of the road.


Things to Do

We manage over 2,700 acres that are open for visitors to enjoy a variety
of year-round outdoor recreational activities.


Wildlife Viewing


Warren County Conservation

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, waterfowl, and many furbearing animals are found here. There is a mowed path leading into the area from the parking lot.

Warren County Conservation

Park Rules

What to Do and What Not to Do


Parks shall be closed during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

County Area

It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, remove, damage or deface any buildings, park equipment, plant life, trees, signs, structures or natural material found within the boundaries of Swamp White Oak.

Motor Vehicles

All vehicles shall be confined to designated roadways and parking areas. No vehicle shall be left unattended on any county conservation area in such a manner as to obstruct traffic except in case of emergency.

Domesticated Animals

All privately owned domesticated animals shall be either carried, led by a leash or chain; kept confined in or attached to a vehicle by their owner(s) or kept under strict control of the owner. Horse riding shall be confined to vehicular roadways only.

Recreation Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles are not allowed in conservation areas. Speed limit for all motorized vehicles is 15 mph.


Fireworks and explosives are prohibited in this conservation area.

Disturbing The Peace

No person shall be guilty of an act that constitutes a breach of peace, or interferes with their visitors use or enjoyment of the county conservation areas.


All refuse must be placed in disposal cans provided or removed from the area when vacated by the user.


No camping allowed.


No fires allowed


No swimming allowed.


No hunting allowed.

State of Iowa

All laws of the State of Iowa not specifically mentioned here shall apply.