Geode State Park

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Geode State Park

Iowa

(319) 392-4601

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Things To Do

Overview

Pack a picnic basket, grab a few friends and head out to Geode State Park for a relaxing picnic in the sunshine. Geode State Park is one of the most scenic and popular picnicking spots in southeast Iowa. Cool off with a dip in the lake or soak up the warmth of the sun on the beach. Amble down one of several hiking trails or follow the main trail from the north end of the lake all the way to the dam.

For the bike enthusiast, the Southeast Iowa Bike Route is a 46 mile route that connects Lacey Keosauqua State Park and Geode State Parks. This route winds through southern Iowa woodlands, pastures and lush cornfields with lots of rolling hills and some flat terrain.

The geode stone for which this park is named brings "rock hounds" to the area in search of this elusive prize. A display of geodes, with mysterious crystal formations in their hollow cavities, can be seen at the park office. Please remember that it is illegal to remove geodes and other natural materials from state parks, except for mushrooms, nuts, fruits and berries.

Map of Geode (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.825122, -91.385939

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed; any-size motor, no-wake speed. There are several boat ramps.

  • Camping

    There are 168 campsites with enough variety to suit anyone's tastes (87 sites have electricity). There are two modern shower buildings and a sewage dump station in the campground. 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. Two camp pads and rest rooms are accessible to the mobility-impaired.

  • Fishing

    The lake is well known for excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, red-eared sunfish. A fish-cleaning station is available.

  • Hiking

    Several hiking trails challenge the outdoor lover at Geode. The main trail starts at the north end of the lake and follows it all the way to the dam. This trail is accessible from several picnic areas along the lake. Another trail begins at the dam on the west side of the lake and ends at picnic shelter number one. A trip around the lake is possible on these trails.

  • Picnicking

    Geode State Park is one of the most scenic and popular picnicking spots in southeast Iowa. Several open picnic shelters are available for group use. These may be reserved online through the park reservation system. A picnic site accessible to the mobility impaired is available.

  • RVing

    87 of the 168 campsites have electricity. There are two modern shower buildings and a sewage dump station in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    A variety of water sports can be enjoyed. Swimming is allowed at designated beach only. Boating is allowed; any-size motor, no-wake speed.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90° F and sometimes exceeding 100° F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0° F.

Directions

Driving

Burlington is 10 miles east on Hwys. 79 and 34. New London is about six miles north of the park. Just east of New London on U.S. 34, a county road turns south and leads to the main entrance. The park may be reached from Middletown on Iowa Highway 79 or from Lowell on County Road J-20. Denmark and Danville are also close to the park as well as Mount Pleasant.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(319) 392-4601

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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