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Walnut Woods State Park
3155 SE Walnut Woods Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Badger Creek State Recreation Area
Van Meter, IA
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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 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 and Outdoor Recreation
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.