Badger Creek State Recreation Area

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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Iowa

(515) 285-4502

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Overview

Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The lake comprises of 276 acres. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish are the main sought after species. There are no motor restrictions, but all boats must operate at a "no wake" speed. Regarding fishing access, two boat ramps are located at the lake; one on the east side and one on the west side of the lake. Two fishing jetties are located on the east side and several more jetties on the west side for bank fishing access. Over 700 acres of public hunting land is available around the lake for outdoor recreation such as hunting, birdwatching and other nature activities. Two picni shelters are on the east die of the lake. Camping and open fires are not permitted at Badger Creek.

Map of Badger Creek (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.474189, -93.929700

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are no motor restrictions, but all boats must operate at a "no wake" speed. two boat ramps are located at the lake; one on the east side and one on the west side of the lake.

  • Camping

    State park camping is available year-round in most places depending upon weather conditions. Heavy snowfalls may prevent access to the campground as not all roads are routinely maintained. Modern conveniences such as water, flush toilets and shower buildings are closed during the winter months. It is recommended that campers may want to call ahead and check the weather and road conditions before heading out to camp.

  • Fishing

    The lake at Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The lake comprises of 276 acres. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish are the main sought after species. There are no motor restrictions, but all boats must operate at a "no wake" speed.

    Regarding fishing access, two boat ramps are located at the lake; one on the east side and one on the west side of the lake. Two fishing jetties are located on the east side and several more jetties on the west side for bank fishing access.

  • Hunting

    Over 700 acres of public hunting land is available around the lake for outdoor recreation such as hunting, bird watching and other nature activities. Two picnic shelters are on the east side of the lake. Camping and open fires are not permitted at Badger Creek.

  • Picnicking

    Please contact the park at 515-285-4502 for more information.

  • RVing

    State park camping is available year-round in most places depending upon weather conditions. Heavy snowfalls may prevent access to the campground as not all roads are routinely maintained. Modern conveniences such as water, flush toilets and shower buildings are closed during the winter months. It is recommended that campers may want to call ahead and check the weather and road conditions before heading out to camp.

Directions

Driving

Badger Creek State Recreation Area is located in rural Madison County, about 10 miles southwest of Des Moines. From Des Moines Interstate 35, take the Grand Ave. west Exit 69 and then county road F-90 west toward Booneville. Beyond Booneville, watch for small brown DNR public hunting/fishing sign and take Badger Creek Road (gravel road) to the south, approximately 3 miles and you'll find yourself at the east entrance of Badger Creek.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(515) 285-4502

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