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Van Meter - Badger Creek State Recreation Area


The lake at Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The lake comprises 276 acres. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish are the main sought after species. There are no mo Read more…


Dave C

Sunday, April 22, 2018
The boat ramp on the south side, why can't the dock be aligned with the ramp? It sits at almost a 45° angle to the ramp. Been that way for 3 years now. Makes the south boat ramp unusable! Come on DNR, fix it!

Matt Helmick

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
Place is over fished with too many people.... Dont waste your time...full of bullheads

Brett Elliott

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
It's a beautiful park but it looks like the state isn't maintaining it well. The lake was filled with green algae, making me wonder what kind of conservation effort is underway if any at all. I would neither go fishing nor boating here because of it.

Tony Delfrano

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Planning to go when it dries up! To muddy now!

kevin patrick

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Great lake, beautiful setting, but by mid to late summer the water gets the worst algae I've ever seen other than farm ponds. Terrible land management around and what a shame. Without this it would be 5 star.

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