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Raccoon River (below Van Meter)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: The best access for this stretch of river is the Walnut Woods State Park access off of Walnut Woods Drive 1 mile north of the Highway 5 bypass on the SW side of Des Moines.
Acres: 31.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Walnut Woods State Park


Amenities at Raccoon River (below Van Meter) include:
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