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Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, IA
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DescriptionLacey-Keosauqua State Park is Iowa's second oldest state park. Dedicated in 1921 and originally known as Big Bend State Park, Lacey-Keosauqua's 1,653 acres of oak-hickory bluffs and valleys are located alongside a large bend in the Des Moines River. Whether you are here to fish, hike, camp, swim or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay. A three mile trail segment follows a bluff of the Des Moines River and touches on some of the history of the area, from the river crossing of the Mormon's western trek in the mid-1800s, to the structures built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression.
A series of 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 between 750 and 2,500 years ago. Such mounds are usually found on hilltops overlooking river valleys. These are sacred locations to living Native American peoples-please pay your respects and avoid walking on or otherwise disturbing the mounds.
The Southeast Iowa Bike Route is a 46 mile route that connects Lacey-Keosauqua State Park and Geode State Park. This route winds through southern Iowa woodlands, pastures and lush cornfields with lots of rolling hills and some flat terrain.
Within convenient driving distance of the historic, picturesque settlements of Bentonsport and Bonaparte on the Des Moines River. Van Buren County is a tourist's delight with its quaint villages and their unique histories. The area really comes alive during the Scenic Drive Festival held each year on the second weekend of October. Arts and crafts, antiques, food, music and demonstrations can be enjoyed in several villages as you drive along while enjoying the fall foliage. Lacey-Keosauqua participates in the festival with a buck skinners camp and a 5K Run/Walk within the park.
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The main entrance is just off of Hwy 1 on the other side of the bridge from nearby town Keosauqua, Iowa.
Mailing Address:Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua IA 52565
Phone Number:Information: (319)293-3502