Big Creek State Park encompasses a total area of 3,550 acres of land in Polk City, Polk County, Iowa. The main entrance to the park can be found about two miles north of Polk City off the IA 415.
The central attraction in this park is the lake that was created from the damming of a creed to form the 866-acre Big Creek Lake. The lake was designed mainly as a flood control, but it also serves the purpose of providing access to several recreational activities. Some of the recreational activities that can be enjoyed at this park include swimming, boating, sailing, hiking, lake fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, bicycling, and hunting (with restrictions).
These activities can be enjoyed through several amenities that are made available to park visitors mostly free of charge and sometimes at a small nominal fee. Some of the amenities offered by the park include snowmobile trails, picnic areas, paved multi-use trail, swimming beach, several boat ramps, jetty, open picnic shelters, multi-purpose sports field, fishing pier, boat rentals, dry dock storage, playground, and a food concession.
If you have a dog, you can bring them to the park at no extra cost. If you choose to bring your dog to the park, remember to abide by park rules. Some of the standard Iowa Park rules that you must adhere to include the following. First, you must keep your dog leashed or confined in a secure enclosure at all times. The dog's leash must be no more than six feet in length.
Furthermore, you should not let your dog wander around the park unattended to. If you choose to camp at the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of only two dogs per dog-friendly cabin or yurt. That said, you are generally allowed to take your dog into camping areas with tents, yurts or cabins.