Iowa flag

Iowa Topographical Map

On a topographical map, sometimes called a topo map, contour lines are often used to join points of equal elevation above sea level and color gradations may depict elevation ranges between the contour lines.  Topographical maps are often used to determine areas and routes where the terrain is fairly level or where steep slopes exist.  This page includes both static and interactive topographical maps of Iowa.

Static Iowa Topo Map

This section features a topographical map of Iowa as well as a map legend that specifies elevation ranges and indicates their corresponding map colors. 

Iowa topo map


Map Legend

elevation legend
boundaries, rivers, and lakes legend

Iowa Topographical Features

Iowa's highest elevation is Hawkeye Point, which rises to 1,670 feet above sea level.  Iowa's lowest elevation is 480 feet above sea level, at the Mississippi River.  Iowa is a prairie state, whose elevation gradually rises toward the north and west.  Major rivers in Iowa include the Des Moines, Mississippi, Missouri, and Big Sioux.

Interactive Iowa Topo Map

This section features a topographical map that can be zoomed and panned to show the entire State of Iowa or a small portion of the state.  To zoom in or out on the map, use the plus (+) button or the minus (-) button, respectively.  To pan the map in any direction, simply swipe it or drag it in that direction.  At high zoom levels, the contour lines on this Iowa map can help outdoorsmen, land developers, and others to plan their routes and activities more efficiently. 

Copyright © 2005-2023  All rights reserved. is a State Maps reference source.

Iowa Topo Map