Big Creek State Park

Big Creek State Park, Polk City: Address, Phone Number, Big Creek State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Big Creek State Park
4.5
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Erin W
Polk City, IA28 contributions
Family
This place is awesome. Low key and great place for families. Large shelter houses with grills and picnic tables. Decent bathrooms. Big Sandy beaches for building sandcastles or walking in the sand. Huge playground for kids. It’s our go to family picnic spot every Thursday night in the summer.
Written 26 August 2018
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Carl F
Green Bay, WI394 contributions
Couples
We came to ride on the bike trail which is well maintained and easy to follow. However, the parking lots are old and crumbling and a significant amount of the grass needs to be mowed. The beach area has a large play area for the kids and a nice sandy beach.
Written 2 July 2018
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Ron P
Polk City, IA13 contributions
Couples
Big Creek State Park has recently upgraded shelters, and restrooms. The park is heavily used especially on weekend and holidays. It has several types of boat rentals, and is a well used fishing lake. The only downside is the relatively poor parking lot near the main shelters and, playground area.
Written 18 June 2018
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RexZ4849
Des Moines, IA130 contributions
Family
Just go and relax....walk, fish, take a lunch or grill out, rent a pontoon and really enjoy the lake..
Written 3 May 2018
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Daveptaz
Minneapolis, MN281 contributions
Friends
We stopped in early March. This is a good sized park with lots of different things to do. The lake is nice, they have a couple different picnic areas. The main one has a neat playground area. They also have boat rentals, and cabana type setups. On the other side of the lake there are picnic structures that are rentable. There is a long bike trail that connects onto another system. The only thing that is lacking is they don't have much for hiking trails. I'm sure this is a very busy park in the summer.
Written 8 April 2018
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goodfooddoneright
Arlington, VA76 contributions
Family
Family friendly nature lover park, great for picnic, quick game of flag football, walks, nature lovers dream
Written 2 January 2018
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Brett A
North Saint Paul, MN26 contributions
Family
The wooden playground was one of the best things to use while growing up. They have a large variety of different equipment to use. There are kayak rentals offered on the far end. The beach is normally kept clean, due to the respective locals.
Written 10 December 2017
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Randy K
Des Moines, IA3,336 contributions
Solo
There is a bicycle path to Big Creek that continues on and comes from Des Moines. If you ride the connecting trails and the loop to Jefferson Iowa via Des Moines, you could in theory ride on trails for over 200 miles (350 kilometers).

The trails role past prairies, lakes, ponds, and through forests as well as farmland.

There is a little marina at big creek.

Huge beach with shelter and rest rooms on the lake which feeds into Saylorville Lake.

There is also camping in the park

Lots of wildlife too.
Written 25 August 2017
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deegeegirl
Des Moines, IA379 contributions
Couples
My coworker told me about the beach. I didn't know they had one but he was saying it had been expanded with new shelters and clean bathrooms/ showers. My husband and I went yesterday to cool off with the 100 degree heat index. There were quite a few people there but the beach was big enough that you could still spread out. The water didn't smell fishy or anything although there was some stuff floating in it but hey - that's a lake! We would definitely go back and take some noodles or floats to tool around on. There is a marina store with some basics, soda machines, ice, rentals, etc.
Written 10 July 2017
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david_hance_iowa
Ankeny, IA1,022 contributions
Friends
It so happened that I was calling Big Creek Marina this morning trying to reserve a pontoon boat for a full day in the middle of May. Big Creek has a marina that rents all kinds of boats. There is a earthen dam on the Des Moines River a short distance west of Polk City to control flooding in Des Moines. It created a huge lake. That lake makes for all kinds of recreation for Central Iowa. The Big Creek State Park is on the East side of the river. There are several very large camping sites with concrete pads and with electricity and water hookups. There are shower/bathroom buildings. It is very nice. There is a paved bike trail that runs all along the East side of the river all the way down to Des Moines where it branches off into several other bike trails going all other directions. Camping fees are very cheap.
Written 19 April 2017
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