Creek Walking

Camp Creek access steps at Thomas Mitchell Park in Mitchellville.

Why Creek Walk?

Creek walks are a great way to get refreshing exercise while discovering the ecosystem of a local waterway.

What Should I Wear?

Dress in old clothes that can get wet and muddy. Sturdy shoes are a must; you never know what you might step on during a creek walk. Avoid flip-flops as they can float off your feet.

When creek walking, wear sturdy shoes to provide better balance and protect your feed from rough objects in the water.

When Should I Go?

Warm days are the best because the water will feel most refreshing. Make sure the water level is safe. You should always be able to see the bottom of the creek.

What Can I Do?

Bring a small net and bucket to help investigate nature. Flip over rocks and look for critters like stoneflies, crayfish and minnows. Find a sand bar and build a castle, or use rocks to make a dam.

Where Should I Go?

There are many locations in central Iowa where you can creek walk if you are willing to explore on your own. If you want to start your creek walking adventure at a location that has been vetted, we recommend starting at one of these Polk County Conservation parks or wildlife areas.

Water Quality is Key

Maintaining clean waterways is a vital way to ensure outdoor recreation like creek walking is safe and fun. To learn more about Polk County Conservation’s volunteer water monitoring program, click here.