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Big Woods Lake Recreation Area

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Nice place for hiking

It is a very peaceful and beautiful for hiking and dog walking. Although there is a section exposed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Yali L
Great for Stand Up Paddling

My husband and I have canoed a lot, and kayaked some, but lately have discovered stand up paddling... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joy H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“no wake”(4 reviews)
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North_ Big Woods & Lake Street, Cedar Falls, IA
+1 319-433-7275
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a very peaceful and beautiful for hiking and dog walking. Although there is a section exposed to sun, most of the trails are under the shade.

Thank Yali L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have canoed a lot, and kayaked some, but lately have discovered stand up paddling. Planning a weekend in Cedar Falls, we were happy to find that we could rent SUP boards at Big Woods Lake. We went through Cook's Outdoors. There...More

Thank Joy H
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Great little lake, no wake here! Kayaks canoes, even a few larger boat idling around sometimes. Turtles, eagles, geese and a few snakes - we have seen all this at Big Woods Lake. Even tho there is officially ‘no swimming’ here, I have ‘fallen’ in...More

Thank jetsoo
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Great place to fish, and also great for kayaking, and canoeing. Walking trail encircles the entire lake. Trail is very wide and has sunny and shaded sections. I enjoyed walking my dogs. There is a nice campground on the backside of lake. I will definitely...More

Thank bjbraun2018
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We rolled into this campground around 5:00 pm and were LUCKY to get the last spot! We were expecting a campground in the woods because of the name, but were pleasantly surprised to see it all out in the open. The sites were large and...More

Thank Ckjbamorris
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Campsites are new with excellent services of water, sewer, electricity. Local residents use this as a quick get away. Friendly folks with evening campfires.. Bring your canoe/kayak to enjoy the lake and surrounding backwaters. Fishing from shore or boat. Boat docks available. A "no wake"...More

Thank Linda F
Reviewed April 30, 2018

My wife and I were in town for a workshop. The evening was very pleasant and we wanted to get outside somewhere in Cedar Falls. This was recommended so we checked it out. We did the paved loop trail around the lake. We did not...More

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed April 15, 2018

This is a beautiful place to get outdoors and play/relax with your family! It's also a great spot for photos - and on just about any given day, you'll see a multitude of family sessions taking place. Even so, it is vast enough that it...More

1  Thank Chelsea H
Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

This a very nice little lake located on thenotheast edge of Cedar Falls Iowa. It has beautiful walking, hiking, biking trail all around the lake. There are boat ramps on the north & the south side of the lake. Lake access is very easy. Plenty...More

1  Thank _iaholic57
Reviewed October 13, 2017

The title says it all. The lake is a great place to kayak or fish. They have a dedicated kayak/canoe dock with an easy entry launch for those who have a harder time getting in/out of a boat. Wonderful and relaxing place to visit.

1  Thank IA-CS-guy
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