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About Walnut Ridge Recreation Area
Walnut Ridge Recreation Area is a day-use facility located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting. Natural Features: The area is situated on a wooded ridgeland on the west side of Saylorville Lake. Large shade trees cover the area. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl, and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake. Recreation: The 18-hole Walnut Ridge Disc Golf Course runs throughout the recreation area. The beautifully manicured course contains both open and wooded fairways with blind pins and tunnel shots. Visitors come to Saylorville Lake for its great boating, sailing 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. Facilities: This day-use area offers three group picnic shelters with water and electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, a playground, and hiking trails.
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Electric Hookups
Pets Allowed
Water Hookups
Walnut Ridge Recreation Area is located in Saylorville Lake in Iowa
41.73 N
-93.721 W
Get Directions
From I-35/80 north of Des Moines, take Johnston/Saylorville Lake Exit (131). Go north on Merle Hay Rd for 2.7 miles, then turn left onto NW Beaver Drive for 3.1 miles. Recreation area is 0.3 miles ahead on the right.
2 Reviews of Walnut Ridge Recreation Area
Great disc golf course

I love going to this place! They have a 18 hole disc golf course that's definitely more challenging than most. It's a long course with a lot of walking to the next tee. A lot of the holes are in wooded areas, with difficult routes. Part of the course is along a steep ledge that overlooks saylorville lake which is gorgeous. Aside from disc golf it's a great place to walk the dog as well!

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Frisbee Golf at Walnut Ridge

I wish there was a campground here but you have to stay at nearby Acorn Valley if you want to camp. It is beautiful area though and it is worth visiting. It is very clean and has a huge frisbee golf course. It is in the middle of a beautiful neighborhood with large homes.