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Cottonwood Recreation Area

Contact Info
7400 Nw 37Th Street
Ankeny, IA 50223

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Special Features
  • Playground
  • Fishing


Open through Sun Oct 13 2013
Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.69056, -93.67472
41°41'26"N, 93°40'29"W

From I-35, take Exit 90 in Ankeny and head approxmately 3.5 miles west to NW 84th Ave. Turn Left on 84th Ave and head south apprximately 1.5 miles to Cottonwood Recreation Area on the right.

Basic Info
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Visitors come to Saylorville Lake for its great boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers fish for walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike.

The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

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