Beed's Lake State Park

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Beed's Lake State Park

Iowa

(641) 456-2047

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Overview

Beeds Lake State Park has everything one could wish for in a state park and then some. The 'then some' includes a causeway that crosses the lake from southeast to northwest and provides more than one-third mile of great shoreline fishing opportunity as well as a convenient pathway for hikers and joggers. Another focal point of the park which is important to visitors is the unusual 170 foot long spillway of multi-colored stones in horizontal layers that drop abruptly 40 feet to the rock foundation. Water cascading over the spillway is a beautiful sight. In 1857, William Beed put in the long causeway when he bought the property in 1864. The State of Iowa retained the area for development as a state park in 1934.

Map of Beed's Lake (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.768523, -93.242857

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Activities

  • Boating

    Beed's Lake is a popular boating spot due to its scenic beauty. Motors of any size may be used at "no wake" speeds on the lake. A modern boat ramp is located on the southern shore of the lake.

  • Bicycling

    A two-mile trail provides a unique hiking experience for visitors as it follows the shoreline around Beed's Lake. At the spillway, visitors can hike to the base of the dam and experience a cool refreshing mist as water rolls down the beautiful limestone face. This trail may be utilized by hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and joggers.

  • Camping

    Beed's Lake has a very popular campground. A total of 99 of the 144 sites have electrical hookups. Modern restroom and shower facilities are available, as is a sanitary dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Fishing

    The beautiful lake, fed by Spring Creek, is a popular destination for anglers, year-round. Bass, catfish, and panfish are available to challenge anglers. Several fishing jetties and docks are located on the south shore of the lake and are accessible to mobility impaired visitors.

  • Hiking

    A two-mile trail provides a unique hiking experience for visitors as it follows the shoreline around Beed's Lake. At the spillway, visitors can hike to the base of the dam and experience a cool refreshing mist as water rolls down the beautiful limestone face. This trail may be utilized by hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and joggers.

  • Historic Sites

    In 1857, T.K. Hansbury built the first dam to supply water for the operation of a sawmill. Two years later, water power was used to operate a flour mill. William Beed put in the long causeway when he bought the property in 1864. He operated the mill until 1903.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact the park at 641-456-2047 for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Beed's Lake State Park is a beautiful place for a family picnic or cookout. Its grassy shaded picnic areas provide many opportunities for relaxation. Several open shelters may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

    The stone and timber beach building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps has been converted to a rental lodge. The lodge is complete with dining areas, a kitchen and rest rooms and may be reserved for a fee. The lodge may be reserved online through the park reservation system . The park concessionaire manages the lodge operation and be contacted at 641-640-0425.

  • RVing

    Beed's Lake has a very popular campground. A total of 99 of the 144 sites have electrical hookups. Modern restroom and shower facilities are available, as is a sanitary dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Water Sports

    he sandy beach for swimming is located on the south side of the lake, near the lodge and causeway. It is a great place to enjoy the water on a hot summer day.

    The beautiful lake, fed by Spring Creek, is a popular destination for anglers, year-round. Bass, catfish, and panfish are available to challenge anglers. Several fishing jetties and docks are located on the south shore of the lake and are accessible to mobility impaired visitors.

    Beed's Lake is a popular boating spot due to its scenic beauty. Motors of any size may be used at "no wake" speeds on the lake. A modern boat ramp is located on the southern shore of the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact the park at 641-456-2047 for more information.

Directions

Driving

The City of Hampton is located three miles from Beed's Lake.

Phone Numbers

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(641) 456-2047

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