Things To Do
Badger Lake is located in the center of Kennedy Park and offers numerous recreational opportunities. It is a 45-acre man-made lake stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and northern pike. The lake can be fished year-round providing both good open water and ice fishing success. Only electric trolling motors are allowed for use in the lake. A boat ramp with a courtesy dock as well as a handicap accessible fishing dock is located on the south side of the lake in the middle of the park. A swimming beach is located down the hill from the Bob Heun Shelter.
Trails & Hiking
A new paved trail around Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park now connects the park to the City of Fort Dodge and the surrounding area.
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Public Trail Information - What you will see:
- Information kiosk panels will be located at 4 different trailheads throughout the city/county trail system that includes system-wide trail maps and site-specific information both historical and modern-day pieces
- Information panels will be located at 7 points along the trail network highlighting the site-specific information and trail loop
- Trail markers will be located every ½ mile within the trail system with 911 emergency locations
- Directional markers will also be located at trail intersections to assist bikers and walkers to community destinations
- Addition of trail art
Our reception center is located on the main road above the boat launch. Informative brochures, maps, and field guides are available for references. The center is open when staff is present or by appointment.
Kennedy Park has three play areas: 2 playgrounds (one in the campground and one in the main park) and 1 playscape (next to the main park playground) that encourages natural play.