Lake Ahquabi State Park

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Lake Ahquabi State Park


(515) 961-7101

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Things To Do


"Ahquabi" is a Sauk and Fox word meaning "resting place," and it is a fitting name for this scenic 770-acre park. The park site was recommended by "Ding" Darling, nationally known Iowa political cartoonist and conservationist, and was dedicated in 1936. Many of its structures were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's and remain available for the enjoyment of park visitors.

Lake Ahquabi offers a relaxing escape from the summer heat. Swimming, sunbathing, boating and fishing are all popular activities on the pristine manmade lake. With rental boats available, everyone can enjoy the water from a canoe, paddleboat or kayak.

Wander along shady trails as you wind your way around the lake or explore the woods. Find your favorite spot in the park, and grill out with family and friends at one of the picnic areas. For a cold drink or snack, visit the boathouse for concessions.

Map of Lake Ahquabi (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.289762, -93.590408



  • Boating

    Boating is allowed on the lake; any-size motor, no-wake speed. A modern boat ramp is located at the northern end of the park. Another ramp is located in the campground.

  • Camping

    The campground is located by the lakeshore. There are 141 campsites (85 with electrical hookups), modern rest rooms and showers and two trailer dump stations. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. An organized youth group camping area is inside the main campground in the "non-electric" area. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-served basis. A playground is located near the campground.

  • Fishing

    Lake Ahquabi is popular with anglers. A number of fishing jetties and a handicapped accessible fishing pier provide great places for a day of shoreline fishing. A fish-cleaning station is available.

  • Hiking

    Hikers, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers can travel all the way around the lake on a beautiful gravel trail. Other scenic foot trails wind through the woods.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Snowmobiling is allowed on designated trails.

  • Picnicking

    Three open shelters are available for picnics and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

    A stone lodge overlooking the lake may be reserved for a fee. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it is very popular for family reunions, weddings and other large gatherings. The lodge may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    There are 141 campsites (85 with electrical hookups) and two trailer dump stations.

  • Water Sports

    A 115-acre man-made lake has a large sandy beach and offers unsupervised swimming. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent through the concessionaire. Bait is also available through the concessionaire.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers can travel all the way around the lake on a beautiful trail. Other scenic trails wind through the woods.


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.



Indianola is six miles north, and is the home of Simpson College and the site of the annual hot air balloon races. Des Moines, Iowa's capital, is 22 miles north.

Phone Numbers


(515) 961-7101

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757