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Yellow Banks Park

 
Boating Boating at Yellow Banks Park
Access to the Des Moines River between Des Moines and Lake Red Rock is provided at the Yellow Banks Park boat ramp. The ramp is located off the western park drive past camp area # 1.
Camping Camping at Yellow Banks Park
Yellow Banks Park features 13 primitive camping sites on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Des Moines River, as well as 48 electric sites at two nearby camping areas. The park also offers 6 unique backpacking campsites located off a 3/4 mile trail.

More information can be found on our website at  www.leadingyououtdoors.org



Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Yellow Banks Park
Access to the Des Moines River between Des Moines and Lake Red Rock is provided at the Yellow Banks Park boat ramp. The ramp is located off the western park drive past camp area # 1.

Yellow Banks now features a water access campground. The campground has five primitive sites and is for paddlers only. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. A picnic shelter, restroom, and fishing access can also be found near the campground.
Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Yellow Banks Park
Yellow Banks Park features three shelters and picnic areas on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Des Moines River. One additional shelter is located adjacent to ball fields and can be reserved from mid-July through mid-October.

Reservations can be made using this website by clicking on the MAKE RESERVATIONS tab above. 
Fishing Fishing at Yellow Banks Park
Yellow Banks Pond - 5 acres
Maximum depth: 14 feet Average depth: 8 feet
Pond contour map can be found on our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org or by clicking on the following link: FISHING

Types of fish found in pond: 
Bass  
Bluegill  
Crappie
Catfish 

Other water access: 
Boat ramp access to Des Moines River
Geocaching Geocaching at Yellow Banks Park

Geocaching has become a very popular activity for individuals and families to participate in. Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is to leave an item if they decide to take something from the cache. Visit geocaching.com for more details.

Polk County Conservation permits geocaching in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for safe recreational activities. Geocachers are welcome to place a cache in PCC lands as long as they comply with the requirements of the geocache permit.

Other Activities Other Activities at Yellow Banks Park
Playgrounds
Yellow Banks will has two playgrounds . An ADA playground is located by the ball fields between Shelter 2 and Shelter 3.
A second playground is located at entrance of the park and is not ADA accessible at this time.

Ballfield
Yellow Banks's excellent ballfields are located just beyond picnic shelter # 1 and popular with neighborhood little league teams.


Picnicking Picnicking at Yellow Banks Park
Yellow Banks Park features three shelters and picnic areas on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Des Moines River. Picnic tables with grills are scattered throughout the park
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Yellow Banks Park
Trail numbers refer to map locations. Park maps and trail information is available on our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org or by clicking on this link: PARKS AND TRAILS
Backpacker Trail (#1) 3/4 mile trail from pond to backpacking campsite.

Indian Mound Loop (#2) 1/4 mile trail from park road to Native American burial mound.

Savanna Trail (#3) 1/2 mile loop. On this trail, you can introduce yourself to some of the oldest residents. This trail guides you past some of the last remaining savanna oak trees in Polk County, some are estimated to be more than 250 years old.

Bluff Overlook Trail (#4) 1/2 mile trail from playground to overlook of river valley.

Eagle view Trail (#5) 1/4 mile trail from park road to overlook of river valley.

Pond Trail (#6) 1/2 mile trail from park road to pond



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