Explore the most popular fishing trails in Iowa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Brisk 25 degrees weather. Ground is frozen and the lake has a cover of ice on it. Good hike, the foot bridges need some TLC.

hiking
2 months ago

The weather was cool and sunny. The marsh bottoms were a little wet and muddy. Over it was a great 6 mile hike.

walking
2 months ago

A really easy, paved loop around the lake. It was a nice place to bring the doggo, but be careful! I pulled a tick off him even this late in the year.

I went last weekend. the pond is drained and there is a significant amount of work being done around the trail. the paths are mostly closed as of 9/2018. I'm sure they will be open and great in the future but it was a disappointment for now.

Crushed gravel trails. Have your map on you. Trail splits at cross roads and the trail head are not always visible.

Great hike. Gorgeous and nice elevation challenge. I threw in the exercise stations to up the difficulty . Nice touch

hiking
4 months ago

This is an amazing trail but the “easy” tag is false. This is moderate at the very least. Lots of large rocks and tree roots all over the path. You NEED good hike boots or sneaks with lots of tread. Good elevation change too. Watch your footing!!! Enjoy!

mountain biking
4 months ago

First, the app is wrong about the trail length. From beginning to end it's just over 7 miles. There are a couple of parking lots that make great jump off points, if you dont want to do the whole trail. One is The Indian Creek Nature Center lot. The app has two parking lots in the middle third of the tail marked as the whole trail.

The trail is very well maintained, hard packed skree, so it's wet weather friendly and easy to ride. It's wide enough to ride at last two abreast, and wider in most places. The hills are subtle and most are short, so it's a great trail for beginners. It's mostly timber, along the Cedar River and Indian Creek, with some great views and lots of wild life viewing opportunities. The environment and length make it enjoyable even if you're not a beginner. It's surface is equally good for either a slow ride through nature, or a hard ride for exercise, with only a few sharp or blind turns forcing you to slow down.

The areas along Indian Creek offer excellent bass fishing. The trail is also a fun cross country ski trip, or nature hike.

The only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is the lack of a "loop." You either go out and back, set up a drop off and pick up, or ride city streets to complete the loop. The trail is nice, but the city streets [to complete the loop] have a couple of sizeable hills, and parts are through streets that are not bike friendly and high traffic. Most of the streets are bike friendly, and traffic is light or manageable, but parts of the connection are downright scary.

mountain biking
4 months ago

A great trail with some fun views! Very family friendly.

walking
4 months ago

The Description is a little deceiving. There’s actually a lot more to this trail and what is marked on the app. It’s fairly scenic, well-maintained, and easy to walk.

Nice flat trail. Lots of wildlife including birds, butterflies and fish.

road biking
5 months ago

The path is very poorly marked. But when you figure out where you’re going, it’s a great trail. Nice to be near the water, there were several look out areas with seating. The paths varied in width and incline, which was a nice mix. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

This little Island is a real beauty for our area with different things to see and explore. Wonderful nature habitat but I doubt you would see any deer. It's great for all kinds of ages and you can't get lost. The history is interesting and with the boats and Lock and Dam, there's plenty to see. One of my favorite places to go for solitude and getting back to nature.

Easy walk around the lake on a wide paved path. Dogs on leash, but had fun in the lake.

we walked .18 miles & got to a stream that we had to cross with no bridge. we walked back out. total trip .39 miles. not recommended.

Went right at the fork and that was definitely smart. Great trail, lower portion should be saved for the return. Don't fall and crack your phone screen.

Gentle stroll through the rolling woods of southern Iowa. Practically all ages could take this trail and have a nice time. Plenty of spots to stop and take in nature. A couple playgrounds along the four-foot path. Perfect trail for anyone staying at the campground who wants to go for a swim or go fishing on the lake. Meant to record with All Trails running but paused the app while stopping for a drink of water and forgot to turn it back on. OOPS!

I love walking this trail. The trail is almost completely shaded. It is easy to get my workout. There are plenty of exits so if the whole loop is too much just take what you want.

Beautiful trail. Would have been 5 stars if it was marked better with signs, etc.

Great run off trails good views of DSM and West Des Moines from the Dam, just wish it was a loop. Highway miles at the end to complete.

off road driving
7 months ago

Drive through some grass trails that I believe were for hiking. Oh well! The lake is dry due to reconstruction.

hiking
7 months ago

As of June 2018, much of the park is under construction.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is a little hard to follow in a few locations. Just remember, the trail essentially goes around the lake, so if you don't know which way to go, it turns out that taking the option nearest the lake is usually (but not always) going to be the correct way. I got on the wrong trail 2 times during my hike, but within 10 minutes realized I wasn't on the correct trail so quickly backtracked and was okay. Its not that the trail is hard to follow, its that at some intersections there simply are no signs so you don't know which trail to take.

The trail itself is so-so. I liked it because it is hard to find a (hiking) trail longer than, say, 7 miles, in Iowa. The trail itself is just okay in my opinion. My dog got a bloody paw by the end of the hike. Nearly the entire trail is gravel, I think that was why it was tough on her paws. This trail is shared with equestrians, which seems to be very popular at this location judging by the many horses I saw at the part where you need to walk through the equestrian campground. On trail, however, I only saw 5 horses, 1 group of 3 and 1 couple. The vast majority of this hiking trail I was alone, except when I came across areas near parking lots, where many fisherman can be found.

Although this is a loop around the lake, you actually do not see the lake very often. That was okay by me, as it was jam packed with fishing boats anyhow. I did enjoy the hike, but nothing all that special really popped out. I will absolutely be going back to explore some of the other hiking trails at Brushy Creek, and maybe redo this hike as well.

Note: the maps from the Recreation Area itself refers to this trail as the Lake Trail. However, while on the trails, this name is only used in the southern portion south of the dam. For the rest of the trail, the labels/directionals on the trail refer to it as the "All Weather Trail"

Tick Count: 7 on the dog, 3 on me... that was found

nice trail

Relatively flat and wide so not very interesting for hiking, but it's quiet and the trail is long so there's plenty of time for reflection in nature.

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