Best State Parks around Indianola, IA

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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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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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Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park
76 North West Highway 128
Trenton, MO
Crowder State Park provides 1,912 acres in the rolling green hills of northern Missouri. Visitors can enjoy more than 17 miles of hiking, bicycling...
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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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Elk Rock State Park

Elk Rock State Park
811 146th Avenue
Knoxville, IA
Elk Rock State Park is located on Lake Red Rock, one of Iowa's large impoundments. The area had been inhabited by Native Americans dating back more...
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Fallen Rock State Preserve

Fallen Rock State Preserve
20997 Co Rd S56
Eldora, IA
Fallen Rock State Preserve is part of the Iowa River Greenbelt and features scenic forested bluffland and 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs. A ...
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Green Valley State Park

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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Hardin City Woodland State Preserve

Hardin City Woodland State Preserve
30768 170th Street
Steamboat Rock, IA
Hardin City Woodland is a 25-acre preserve containing an upland forest. Named for the nearby remains of Hardin City, an early settlement, it is loc...
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Honey Creek Resort Park

Honey Creek Resort Park
12633 Resort Drive
Moravia, IA
Honey Creek Resort is situated on 850 acres of pristine wilderness in southern Iowa on the shores of Lake Rathbun. The resort features a lodge with...
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Kish Ke Kosh Prairie State Preserve

Kish Ke Kosh Prairie State Preserve
Robin Avenue
Reasnor, IA
Kish-Ke-Kosh Prairie State Preserve consists mainly of upland prairie, which is recovering from being grazed in the past. It's main upland prairie ...
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Lake Ahquabi State Park

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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