Big Creek State Park

Located near Saylorville Lake just 20 miles from Des Moines, Big Creek State Park is a family-friendly setting for picnicking and outdoor recreation. The centerpiece is Big Creek Lake, home of the largest beach in the state park system. The lake is also a popular fishing destination with boat and bike rentals available at the beach concessionaire. Take a day-trip to Big Creek State Park this season and enjoy everything Iowa outdoors has to offer.


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Hike or bike along the paved, 27-mile Neil Smith Trail, which leads from the beach through the Saylorville Lake area, all the way to Des Moines. In the winter, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are available on 11 miles of trails near the Hampton picnic area.

Swim in Big Creek’s lake and soak up the sun on the beach during hot summer months. Boating is also a popular lake activity, with kayaks, paddle boards, pontoon boats and bikes available to rent at the beach concessionaire. Please contact the concessionaire at 515-984-6083 or bigcreekmarina.com for more information.

Fish among the coves on Big Creek Lake, a hotspot for crappie, walleye and bluegill. Big Creek has five boat ramps, a fishing jetty, an accessible fishing pier and miles of shoreline.

Reserve a picnic shelter for a leisurely meal during your trip to Big Creek. Picnic areas and 22 shelters are located around the lake along with a large wooden playground and a sports field for outdoor activities. Shelters can be reserved online.

Disc golf at Big Creek’s 18-hole course, meandering through wooded areas and prairies along the east shore of the lake.



Big Creek State Park
8794 NW 125th Ave
Polk City, IA 50226
Ph: 515-984-6473
Big_Creek@dnr.iowa.gov


While Big Creek remains open to visitors, flush facilities have been closed for the season. Restroom facilities are available through pit latrines around the park and at boat ramps. Users are advised to use caution when entering the winter season as roadways may not be maintained.
All modern restrooms have been winterized for the season as well as the fish cleaning station.
AMENITIES AT A GLANCE
  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground; ADA accessible
  • Swimming beach; ADA accessible
  • Concessions
  • Paddlesport rental
  • Bicycle rental
  • Boat rental
  • Boat ramps (5)
  • Universal fishing pier
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters (22)
  • Modern restrooms