Polk City is a beautiful little town in southwest Iowa nestled in the middle of what is known as Iowa’s “Lake Country.” Located just twenty minutes north of the Capital city of Des Moines and the Iowa State University, many professionals and students choose to live in Polk City and commute in order to take advantage of the affordable housing, small town charm and outdoor recreational opportunities. The historic town-square remains the center of activity in Polk City, which began mostly as a rural agricultural community. A turning point came with the construction of the Saylorville Reservoir and Big Creek State Park in the 1960s and today Polk City attracts more than four million visitors each year! It has become a four-season recreational region that offers a full service marina, boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in wintertime. Polk City offers the best of both worlds, the peace and quiet and natural beauty of a small town, yet just a short drive to all the cultural, shopping, theaters and restaurants of the big city.
Polk City is a four-season recreational playground in Iowa’s “Lake Country,” bordered by picturesque Saylorville Lake and Big Creek State Park. The 5400-acre Saylorville Lake has a full service marina and a five-lane boat ramp to allow for easy access to many areas on the reservoir, and it is stocked with a variety of species such as Crappie, White Bass, Walleye, Bluegill and Northern Pike. Saylorville Lake also has two beautiful swimming beaches, campsites, hiking and biking trails and several nature centers and visitors’ center near the dam. Approximately two miles north of Polk City is Big Creek Lake and State Park, which has become a major recreational area in central Iowa. Big Creek’s swimming beach is very popular, and the lake also has fishing, five boat ramps and is surrounded by picnic tables and shelters. Jester Park in Polk City offers 9 and 18 hole golf courses, horseback riding and camping, and hikers, joggers and bicyclists enjoy the Neal Smith Trail, that begins in downtown Des Moines and winds its way through Polk City on to Big Creek State Park.