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Badger Creek Lake

General Information

County: Madison
Location: 5 miles southeast of Van Meter
Acres: 276.00
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (1983)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Badger Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the mid 70's or lower 80's. River flows are starting to return to base flow. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.
Badger Creek Lake access is good.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber.
Crappie - Slow: Crappies up to 9 inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in high numbers with good number of bass over 16 inches. A size classes of 5 to 8 inch crappies were sampled in high numbers. Bluegills of all sizes were sampled in low to moderate numbers. (2013)

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Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.