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.

Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The lake comprises of 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. Over 700 acres of public hunting land is available around the lake for outdoor recreation such as hunting, birdwatching and other nature activities.

Two picnic shelters are on the east die of the lake. Camping and open fires are not permitted at Badger Creek.


Badger Creek State Recreation Area Iowa
3155 SE Walnut Woods Drive Des Moines, Iowa 50265



4 am – 10:30 pm


This is not a fee campground. 5 sites. No fees.


Contact Details

Phone: (515) 285-4502

Official Website: Badger Creek State Recreation Area


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Badger Creek State Recreation Area:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


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