Type: Nature Trail

Length: 1 mile

Surface: Paved

The Lake Petocka Trail is 8' wide asphalt for multi-use, including trail access to the Chichaqua Valley Trail.


Above Average

Grade - Flat



You can find this fishing hotspot right outside of Bondurant. If you love large catfish and bluegills, then you'll love Lake Petocka. With clear water, big fish, and a small watershed, this is simply a fisherman's dream.

Lake Petocka is a beautiful, surreal lake hugged by a .71 mile biking/walking trail. Stationed are three shelters all with grills for your picnic pleasure, a sand volleyball court, and a playground located on the south side of the lake.

Lake Petocka is stocked with trout twice a year. Stocking events are have been promoted as a family affair.

Location - Where is this Trail?

520 Pleasant Street NE

Bondurant, Iowa 50035


Lake Petocka Trail includes trail access to the Chichaqua Valley Trail. 

Sites & Attractions

Amenities at Lake Petocka include:

  • Picnic Areas

  • Trails

  • Accessible Facilities

  • Playground

  • Restrooms

  • Good/Excellent Shore fishing

  • Community Fishing Location

Popular fish species at this lake:

  • Bluegill

  • Channel Catfish

  • Largemouth Bass

  • Rainbow Trout

  • White Bass

  • Yellow Perch

History of the Trail

  • 8' wide asphalt multi-use trail installed in 2005

  • 2009 Men’s Club built the Petocka South Men’s Club Shelter

  • 33' x 27' covered and partially enclosed picnic shelter on south side, remodeled in 2019

  • $40,000 ADA accessible playground installed next to south shelter in 2011

  • 24' x 18" covered picnic shelter on west side

  • 24' x 21' covered picnic shelter on east side

  • Baseball field received new infield, bases, dugouts and upgraded fencing in 2012

  • 2013 Pergola with Swing built by the Men’s Club

  • 2016 Restrooms at the South Petocka Shelter installed


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This trail was last edited by cityofbondurant on Feb 22, 2022.

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