3. Carney Marsh
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580 SE 54th St. Ankeny, IA
Carney Marsh offers prime wildlife habitat in one of the most rapidly developing areas of Polk County.
This 40-acre wildlife area in southern Ankeny is located along NE 70th Avenue between Highway 69 and Interstate 35.
Birding is a popular activity among marsh visitors. Seasonal birds frequent the marsh, including herons, yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, yellow-throated warblers, and various waterfowl.
The Gay Lea Wilson Trail now passes along the east side of Carney Marsh.