Acres of tall Iowa corn has hidden one of Osceola counties proudest places, Hawkeye Point, Iowa’s highest elevation at 1,670 feet.
For years the point has been a destination for visitors who have left old license plates from states like Pennsylvania and Arizona. The Point has been known chiefly to local residents and to the National Highpointers Association, which has a mission to preserve public access for the highest points in each state.
The Point has gained greater exposure with the newly completed Highway 60 four-lane expressway through Osceola County. The expressway is intended to redirect commercial traffic between Minneapolis and Council Bluffs through northwest Iowa. Hawkeye Point is just one eight of a mile from Highway 60 and just two miles from the Minnesota border.
On February 28th, 2008 the Osceola County Board of Supervisors acquired seven acres of Merrill-Sterler farm surrounding Hawkeye Point. The County Board will respect Mr. Sterler’s wish to keep Hawkeye Point open to the public. Groups like the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA chapter have been promoting the Point as a probable site for an Iowa welcome center and Iowa Agricultural Interpretive Center.
The groundwork is being laid to have Hawkeye Point designated as an Iowa Great Place. The residents of Osceola County are confident that this will happen in the not-to-distant future.
Recent improvements include:
- Observation deck added to the existing silo.
- Walk-through "hands-on" history items displayed in the corn crib.
- Erected an informational kiosk and mosaic display located at the High Point.
- Provided amenities such as picnic tables, a shelter house and a restroom facility located in the new campground area
- Over 70 trees planted in the campground in the fall of 2013.
- Electrical sites with crushed concrete pads.
Longer-term plans include:
- Plans to have Hawkeye Point designated as an Iowa Welcome Center
Reservations for camping at the Hawkeye Point Campground can be made by calling the Osceola County Conservation Board at 712-758-3709.