Hawkeye Point: Osceola County, Iowa

Hawkeye Point
Highpoint

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 ground work 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.

Planned improvments include:

  • Paving 130th Street eastward to the entrance from US 60.
  • Creating a driveway into the property along the East edge of the tree hedgerow to the east of the water tower.
  • Creating a Parking area in the vicinity of the current small sweet corn patch between the water tower and the silo.
  • Creating a small Path.
  • Erect an informational kiosk to memorialize the Sterler family.
  • Provide amenities such as a picnic table, mini-shelter and possibly a restroom facility.
  • Rendering of possible finished design

Longer term plans include:

  • Interpretive Center
  • Renovate the silo such that visitors could safely ascend inside of it to an observation tower atop it.
  • Create a camping area for tents and RVs.