Best Parks and Camping around Van Meter, IA

Badger Creek State Recreation Area

120th Lane 
Van Meter, IA
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 2...
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Des Moines West KOA

34308 L Avenue
Adel, IA
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Walnut Woods State Park

3155 Walnut Woods Dr. West
Des Moines, IA
Walnut Woods encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River. Within the park lies a large surviving natural stand of black waln...
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Pammel State Park

1900 Pammel Park Road
Winterset, IA
Facilities & Features Backbone Shelter Pammel Lodge Picnic Grounds Modern Bathrooms Play Equipment Trails Middle River Ford Harmon Tu...
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Big Creek State Park

8794 NW 125th Av
Polk City, IA
Big Creek Lake's clear water provides great family swimming fun. Refreshments are available at the beach during the swimming season. A large wooden...
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Margo Frankel State Park

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High Trestle Trail

NorhtWest Ash Drive
Ankeny, IA
This 26-mile trail begins in Ankeny and runs north/northwest through the towns of Sheldahl, Slater, Madrid and Woodward.  The trail was officially...
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Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA
Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, Iowa’s newest state park, is nestled in the rolling landscape between Des Moines and Indianola on Highw...
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Strasser Woods State Preserve

Strasser Woods State Preserve contains a 40-acre tract of forest within the city limits of Des Moines. Joseph and Elizabeth Strasser, who had owned...
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Rolling Thunder Prairie State Reserve

22392 80th Ave
New Virginia, IA
Rolling Thunder Prairie State Preserve is located in the Southern Iowa Drift Plain landform region and contains an undulating prairie landscape bro...
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Lake Ahquabi State Park

16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA
A 115-acre man-made lake has a large sandy beach and offers unsupervised swimming. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent th...
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Ledges State Park

1515 P Avenue
Madrid, IA
History The wildlife and plant communities are interwoven with the human history of Ledges. Humans have appreciated this unique area for thousands...
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Casey's Paha State Preserve

far western portion of Hickory Hills County Park
New Virginia, IA
Casey’s Paha is a 175-acre preserve that highlights a half-mile portion of a 2.5-mile-long elongated hill known as a “paha.” It i...
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Seven Oaks

1086 222nd Drive
Boone, IA
About Us:Seven Oaks Recreation is family-owned and operated and offers year-round outdoor recreation in central Iowa. Our activities include canoei...
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Mount Pisgah Cemetery State Preserve

West Tulip Ave., 167th Street
Thayer, IA
Mount Pisgah Cemetery State Preserve is a small portion of a historic cemetery associated with a way station established by the Mormons as they mig...
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Three Mile Lake Recreation Area

1577 Creamery Rd.
Afton, IA
The Union County Conservation Board manages several parks and wildlife areas. Among those are Three Mile Lake Recreation Area, Talmage Hill Wildlif...
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Woodland Mounds State Preserve

North of Keokuk Street
Ackworth, IA
Woodland Mounds State Preserve is a 185-acre area featuring a group of five conical burial mounds dating from the years a.d. 400 to 1100. It is loc...
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Springbrook State Park

2437 160th Road
Guthrie Center, IA
The rolling hills of beautiful Springbrook State Recreation Area abound with deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, beaver, muskrat and wild turk...
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Green Valley State Park

1480 130th Street
Creston, IA
Green Valley Lake is used for all types of boating; water skiing is allowed in a designated area. For safety reasons, there are special regulations...
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Ames High Prairie State Preserve

Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Dr.
Ames, IA
The Richard W. Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie (popularly known more simply as “Ames High Prairie”) is a 22-acre preserve c...
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