Due to necessary emergency repair work, all modern restrooms on the east side of the lake at Big Creek are now closed for the rest of the year. This includes the restrooms at the open picnic shelters. Reservation will no longer be accepted at Shelters A through F and H, but these shelters will be available on a first come/first serve basis. Gannett and Beach Shelters 1, 2, and 3 will have portable toilets and may still be reserved. Big Creek Marina, the parks concession operation will not be impacted by the project. For updated information contact the park office at 515-984-6473. (Updated 9/14/10)
The High Trestle Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from Ankeny, IA to Woodward, IA, a distance of roughly 25 miles. Nicely paved and includes Madrid and Slater as well as the beginning and ending towns. Good food and watering stops along the way. Excellent views of the Des Moines River Valley as you cross the area high above on the Trestle Trail. We enjoy biking the trail.
Jc R. on High Tresle Trail
Awesome trail! Great views from the High Trestle Bridge overlooking the Des Moines River Valley. Trail is fairly flat and great for both the serious cyclist AND families out on an adventure. Be sure to stop at Flat Tire Lounge for lunch and a cold beverage!