Best State Parks around Ames, IA

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Ambrose A. Call State Park

Ambrose A. Call State Park
2007 Call Park Drive
Algona, IA
Ambrose A. Call State Park is a 138 acre "oasis" of rugged hills, heavily wooded with virgin timber in an area of gently rolling farmland. The park...
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Ames High Prairie State Preserve

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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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Badger Creek State Recreation Area
120th LaneĀ 
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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Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

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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Beed's Lake State Park

Beed's Lake State Park
1422 165th Street
Hampton, IA
Beed's Lake is a popular boating spot due to its scenic beauty. Motors of any size may be used at "no wake" speeds on the lake. A modern boat ramp ...
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Big Creek State Park

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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Black Hawk State Park

Black Hawk State Park
228 South Blossom
Lake View, IA
Black Hawk Lake lies off the southeast tip of the town of Lake View in Sac County, Iowa. Black Hawk Lake was formed many thousands of years ago by ...
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Bobwhite State Park

Bobwhite State Park
Bobwhite State Park is operated by the Wayne County Conservation Board. Visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of activities like fishing, campin...
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Brushy Creek State Preserve

Brushy Creek State Preserve
270th Street
Lehigh, IA
Brushy Creek State Preserve is located in Brushy Creek Recreation Area, a 6,500-acre public area in Webster County located twenty miles southeast o...
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Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
2802 Brushy Creek Road
Lehigh, IA
At over 6,000 acres, Brushy Creek is one of Iowa's largest tracts of public outdoor recreation land. Visitors can get a real sense of being "away f...
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Casey's Paha State Preserve

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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Cedar Bluffs State Preserve

Cedar Bluffs State Preserve
280th Street
Oskaloosa, IA
Cedar Bluffs is a 223-acre preserve featuring a scenic forested bluffland with sandstone cliffs. It is located ten miles west of Oskaloosa in south...
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Cedar Hills Sand Prairie State Preserve

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie State Preserve
280th Street
Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Bluffs is a 223-acre preserve featuring a scenic forested bluffland with sandstone cliffs. It is located ten miles west of Oskaloosa in south...
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Clay Prairie State Preserve

Clay Prairie State Preserve
240th Avenue
Allison, IA
Clay Prairie is a 3-acre preserve containing a small, unplowed portion of the historic Butler Center Cemetery. It is located fifteen miles north of...
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Claybanks Forest State Preserve

Claybanks Forest State Preserve
225th Street
Rockford, IA
Claybanks Forest is a 56-acre preserve featuring rock outcrops with remarkable, internationally known Devonian fossils. It is located 5 miles south...
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Clear Lake State Park

Clear Lake State Park
6490 South Shore Drive
Clear Lake, IA
A 900-foot sandy beach is located in close proximity to the picnic area and campground. The beach, which offers unsupervised swimming, is a great p...
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Crystal Lake State Park

Crystal Lake State Park
96 Bellwater Ave.
Barton, VT
Crystal Lake is approximately three miles long and about one mile in width. In some places it is known to be more than 100 feet deep. It is a glaci...
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Doolittle Prairie State Preserve

Doolittle Prairie State Preserve
560th Avenue
Story City, IA
Doolittle Prairie State Preserve is located in the Des Moines Lobe region and contains a native tallgrass prairie remnant dotted with seasonal mars...
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Eagle Lake State Park

Eagle Lake State Park
Lake Avenue
Britt, IA
Eagle Lake State Park is managed by the Hancock County Conservation Board. It has a shelter house available for rent for $10 a day, which serves as...
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