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Big Woods Lake Recreation Area

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Address: North_ Big Woods & Lake Street, Cedar Falls, IA
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+1 319-433-7275

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Very quiet and relaxing

What a wonderful place, kayaking, swimming, great trails for walking. Excellent place for the family and animals.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
tommy e
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place, kayaking, swimming, great trails for walking. Excellent place for the family and animals.

Thank tommy e
Storm Lake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Our son took us here to enjoy a warm Saturday early spring walk at the Big Woods Lake Rec Area. We walked into a wooded area on a paved bike trail and saw three deer on the trail and four others in the woods staring at us. We walked further and saw three Eagles flying and perched in trees looking... More 

Thank Russ C
Denver, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Largest body of water around this area. Fun place to go with access to the shore for fishing. Picnic areas available.

Thank alibisal
Owatonna, MN
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79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We spent two days in the Cedar Falls area and did a lot of hiking on the trails around Big Woods. Cedar Falls has a massive hiking, biking are running trail system.

Thank LuvToTravel0899
Cedar Rapids
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146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I was always seeing the sign for this place whenever I was in the area but never took the time to stop and see for myself until today. I was rather pleased to find a big lake 80 acres worth. It is mainly a campground with full electrical hook ups; showers and flush toilets; dump station; fire pits; parking pads... More 

Thank Daniel B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Nice handicapped accessible trail circles the lake, All ages and abilities can utilize this gem of a park. Enjoyed the Fall Colors, the restored prairie with interpretive signs along the trail and the benches for just sitting and taking in the beauty of Fall day in Iowa.

Thank L K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Great place for fishing, kayaking, running/walking, exploring prairie restoration, etc. No swimming allowed, no boat wake allowed. I come here often and just love the place.

Thank SFM002
Cedar Falls
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Big woods lake has a nice walking area and nice bike paths. It is around a scenic lake. There are outdoor restrooms that are quite clean.

Thank IsaacCedarFalls
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This park has so much to offer. And is well maintained. There are two main entrances, and an entrance for the campground. There's access for large and small boats, with a No Wake rule. I've seen fishing boats, large sail boats, canoes, and lots of kayaks. Lots of bikes trails around the lake, with a fun pedestrian bridge across a... More 

Thank ttphotography
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is one of our favorite places to walk and bike. Of course, you have the lake, then a good combination of shade, native prairie and wooden bridge. You drive and take advantage or connect through the extensive Cedar Valley bike trail system.

Thank Dave V

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