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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Badger Creek State Recreation Area is a popular outdoor destination for hunters and anglers just a few miles southwest of the Des Moines metro area. More than 700 acres can be accessed for hunting, bird watching and other nature activities.


Boat on the 276-acre lake. Access the lake from two boat ramps; one on the east and one on the west side of the lake. There are no motor restrictions, but all boats must operate at a "no wake" speed.

Hunt on more than 700 acres of public hunting land. Badger Creek is a popular area for waterfowl and small game hunting.

Fish in Badger Creek Lake along the shore and from several fishing jetties. The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish.

Bird watch for a variety of species throughout the year, including migratory birds and other wildlife.

Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Mailing address:
3155 SE Walnut Woods Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Physical Address:
Badger Creek State Recreation Area
120th Lane
Van Meter, Iowa 50265


  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Dock
  • Parking
  • Pit Toilets