Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

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Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Iowa

(319) 293-3502

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Overview

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is one of the largest and most picturesque of Iowa state parks and recreation areas. The park's 1,653 acres of hills, bluffs and valleys wind along the Des Moines River in Van Buren County. A series of 19 mounds overlook the Des Moines River in the northwest section of the park. These were built by an ancient group of Woodland Culture Indians in order to bury their dead. Such mounds are usually found on hilltops overlooking river valleys.

In addition to a rich history, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park offers plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. First, Lacey-Keosauqua is a wonderful place for a family cook-out, as it is one of the best places in Iowa to enjoy a meal in the outdoors. The park also has a beautiful, shaded campground and six family cabins. The picturesque 30-acre lake is a favorite spot for swimming, fishing and boating during the summer.

The park's hiking trails wind among the valleys and cliffs along the Des Moines River. On the trails, it is often possible to see many types of wildlife including deer, raccoons, opossums, gray squirrels, red foxes, and numerous species of bird life. The variety of plants, trees and shrubs; many of them more than 200 years old; make hiking at the park an exciting and educational experience.

Finally, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is host to several wonderful festivals and special events. A Scenic Drive Festival is held at the park on the second weekend of October. The festival features buckskinners, DNR information booths, and a portable woodmizer sawmill. The Annual 5K Run/Walk is held at the lodge on Sunday morning and is sponsored by the Friends of Lacey. Nearby Keosauqua has a parade, carnival and other related events.

Map of Lacey-Keosauqua (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.712748, -91.988898

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is limited to electric motors only. Boat ramps available.

  • Camping

    Lacey-Keosauqua's beautiful, shaded campground features 113 campsites (45 with electrical hook-ups), modern rest rooms, shower facilities, and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Lacey-Keosauqua State Park offers 6 family cabins. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system. The cabins provide all of the comforts of home while bringing visitors a great outdoor experience. All cabins include modern facilities.

  • Fishing

    River or lake (22 ac.). Jetty fishing available. Fish species include: bass, bluegill, catfish.

  • Hiking

    The park's hiking trails wind among the valleys and cliffs along the Des Moines River. On the trails, it is often possible to see many types of wildlife including deer, raccoons, opossums, gray squirrels, red foxes, and numerous species of bird life. The variety of plants, trees and shrubs; many of them more than 200 years old; make hiking at the park an exciting and educational experience.

  • Historic Sites

    A series of 19 mounds overlook the Des Moines River in the northwest section of the park. These were built by an ancient group of Woodland Culture Indians in order to bury their dead. Such mounds are usually found on hilltops overlooking river valleys.

    Additionally, during the middle of the 19th century, the great Mormon trek westward across Iowa occurred. Ely Ford, now the site of a beautiful picnic area, was a river crossing point. It is now a component of the Mormon Pioneer Trail.

  • Picnicking

    Lacey-Keosauqua is a wonderful place for a family cook-out. Three open picnic shelters are available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system. The picnic shelter near the east entrance of the park is accessible to the mobility impaired.

    A lodge may also be reserved for a fee. The lodge is an excellent place for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    The campground features 113 campsites (45 with electrical hook-ups) and a trailer dump station.

  • Water Sports

    The picturesque 30-acre lake is a favorite spot for swimmers during the summer. There is a bathhouse restroom at the beach, but no lifeguards are provided and swimming is at your own risk within the beach ropes.

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

Lacey Keosauqua State park is within convenient distance from several picturesque towns and villages on the Des Moines River. Keosauqua, the county seat of Van Buren County, is located just across the river from the park. Nearby historic settlements are Bentonsport and Bonaparte.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(319) 293-3502

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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