Lake Keomah State Park

Quick Facts

Lake Keomah State Park

Iowa

(641) 673-6975

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Things To Do

Overview

Allow the beauty of Lake Keomah State Park to soothe your mind. Find a shady picnic area with a lovely lake view to enjoy a picnic lunch. Take a leisurely afternoon to wander the trails along the shore, swim in the lake or cast a line from boat, pier or jetty.

During the summer the open water, grasslands, deep woods and marshy areas provide habitat for all types of wildlife. Hikers along the park's scenic hiking and nature trails may catch a glimpse of bullfrogs blowing and puffing bass solos, a great blue heron wading the shallows in search of minnows, or a covey of quail rising at the approach of human footsteps. In the fall, the lake is surrounded by a mass of color from a variety of trees and shrubs.

"Keomah" may sound like an Indian name, but it is not. The name is derived from the first syllables of the two counties that helped finance the park over 50 years ago --Keokuk and Mahaska. A portion of the south side of the lake was reserved for private development and many homes dot this side of the lake. The park was dedicated in 1934. Many of its facilities were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Map of Lake Keomah (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.289559, -92.545080

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Activities

  • Boating

    Electric motors only are allowed and 2 boat ramps provide easy access to the lake.

  • Camping

    The campground has 65 campsites (41 with electrical hookups), modern showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Lake Keomah also has a dining/rest room building available on a reservation basis to organized groups. Camping for group members is allowed nearby. See the document Group Camp Rental Reservation for specifics on reservation policy and specific rates, damage deposits and reservation deposits.

  • Fishing

    Spring and summer fishing for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish is excellent. Ice fishing is popular in winter. A fishing jetty is available on the west shoreline and is accessible to persons of varying abilities.

  • Hiking

    The park's wooded terrain provides great hiking year-round. There is a multi-use trail which runs along the lake shore.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    In winter, snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails.

  • Picnicking

    A lodge is available on a reservation basis. It is an ideal place for special events such as wedding receptions or family reunions. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system.

    Lake Keomah's scenic beauty has long made it a very popular picnic spot. Open picnic shelters may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    The campground has 65 campsites (41 with electrical hookups) and a trailer dump station.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Keomah has an unsupervised swimming beach. Fishing and boating are also allowed.

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

Oskaloosa is six miles west of the park and the site of beautiful William Penn College. Sigourney is 20 miles east. Pella is 21 miles northwest.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 673-6975

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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