Badger Creek State Recreation Area is a popular fishing destination, with a large lake. There are no designated trails but there is wooded space to explore as well. Every year in mid-July, there is a large sunflower field that is popular for taking pictures (details below for the 2017 field location).
Name: Badger Creek State Recreation Area
Address: G14 and Badger Creek Road Van Meter, Iowa – this is the closest GPS intersection I could find, the entrance to the park is north of here (picture below).
Type: Places to visit
Bathrooms: Yes, non-flush
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter
Water: Yes, lake
Other notes: Boating and fishing. Stunning sunflower field in mid-summer, pelican flock in late spring.
Official Website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks-Rec-Areas/Iowas-State-Parks/ParkDetails/ParkID/1
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Other things nearby of note:
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!
Yellow box is where you park for the main entrance!
I thought this trail would lead to something more, but it died out quickly.
[Photo courtesy of Iowa DNR]
To find the Badger Creek Recreation Area sunflower field, see the photo below for what to type in; you’ll see the sunflowers to your left as you drive in, we parked by the road and followed someone else’s foot path into the field. It is/was in bloom in mid-July.
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