Geode State Park, IA

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...
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Max reservation window: Tue Jan 20 2015   Later Dates

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Geode Campground Standard Electric 6 Back-In
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Overview

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.

Booking Window

Shelters

Mon Oct 27 2014 - Tue Oct 20 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Jan 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Jan 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Tent Only

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Jan 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Jan 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Off Peak Thu Oct 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and 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
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Tent Only $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$75.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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
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