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WASTEWATER PROJECT IMPACTS CAMPGROUND AND BEACH SHELTER: The wastewater system at the campground will be reconstructed during the summer months of 2014 with an anticipated completion date of August 30, 2014. The timing of the project is weather dependent so the completion date is just an estimate. The campground will not be closed to public use during the project BUT there will be no restroom or flush toilet facilities other than portable toilets during the construction. There will also be no dump station facility. Since the beach shelter is also connected to this system it will also be closed during this time period. No reservations will be taken at this time and campsites will be available on a first come first served system until construction is complete. Water for filling campers will be turned on (weather permitting) in mid April & 30 amp. electrical pedestals will remain available at this time.

Geode State Park, IA

Photo: Geode State Park
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Jul 17 2014   Later Dates
 

Description

Geode State Park has been a traditional favorite for locals as well as out-of-state visitors. The park is named after the state rock which is frequently found in the area. Geodes bring "rock hounds" to the local 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.

Events in the park include Dragon Boat Races (beginning of May), Lake Geode Challenge Triathlon (mid-July) and the Polar Plunge (early November).

Recreation:

Trails
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.
The Southeast Iowa Bike Route is a forty-six 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. Lake Activities
The prime attraction of the 1,640 acre park is Lake Geode. Lake Geode is well known for its bluegills, largemouth bass and channel catfish. The lake is accessible from two boat ramps located on the east side of the lake. Shoreline fishing is available from several picnic areas along the lakeshore as well as the dam, which is designated as a 24 hour fishing area. The lake is a "no-wake" lake.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
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. A picnic site accessible to the mobility impaired is available.

Camping
There are both electric and non-electric campsites, two modern shower buildings, and a sewage dump station in the campground. Two camp pads and restrooms are accessible to the mobility-impaired.

Nearby Attractions:

Popular events in local communities include Burlington Steamboat Days (early June), West Point Sweet Corn Festival (early August) and Old Thresher's Reunion in Mt. Pleasant (week leading into Labor Day). The nearby Mississippi River at Burlington also provides fishing and boating opportunities on a larger scale. Burlington is one of the oldest towns in Iowa and has an attractive riverfront area as well as a historical downtown.
Burlington is located 15 miles east of the park. New London is located 9 miles north of the park, and Mt. Pleasant is 15 miles northwest of the park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • DUMP STATION, CAMPER
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • PICNICKING
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • WILDFLOWER VIEWING
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, ICE
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Jet Skiing
  • Laundry
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
Alerts and Important Information
The park opens at 4:00 a.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. daily.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.8325, -91.385
40°49'57"N, 91°23'6"W

Take J-20 and drive 3 miles to the west entrance of the park. Continue across the dam and onward another 2 miles to a T intersection. Take a left at this intersection and you will be led to the campground.
Coming from the east, take the exit off of Hwy 34 at Middletown and go south for about 1/4 mile to the intersection of old Hwy 34 and County Road J-20/old Hwy 79. Proceed 6 miles west on J-20. The road will lead straight to the main entrance of the park and campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Geode State Park
3333 Racine Ave
Danville IA 52623

Phone Number:

Information: (319) 392-4601