Polk County Conservation

20. Yellow Banks Park

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6801 SE 32nd Ave.
Pleasant Hill, IA 50317

Yellow Banks Park Master Plan

Yellow Banks Tree Identification Brochure

Resting on high bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River, Yellow Banks Park offers some of the most outstanding scenery in central Iowa. This 598-acre park features a 60-unit campground, three picnic shelters, 5-acre pond, and a boat ramp on the Des Moines River.

Summer hours are from 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; winter hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Reservations for shelters and some campsites can be made on-line at www.mycountyparks.com. For prices click here. Online reservations are available for camping between April 15 and October 15.

Maps: Campground, #1, Campground #2, Youth & Water Trail Campgrounds, Backpacker Campground, Tent Campground

Hiking trails within the park lead to overlooks of the river valley, an oak savanna, a Native American burial mound, and a unique backpacking camping area. This is a prime area for viewing migrating raptors in spring and fall. Learn more about Native American artifacts that have been found in the park.

The park, acquired by the Conservation Board in 1980, is located southeast of Pleasant Hill off SE Vandalia Road.


Indian Mound Trail
Length: .25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Savanna Trail
Length: .5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Bluff Overlook Trail
Length: .25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Eagle View Trail
Length: .25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Pond Trail
Length: .5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Backpacker Trail
Length: .3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

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Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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