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Lake Ahquabi State Park, IA

Welcome to Lake Ahquabi State Park. Ahquabi is the Sauk and Fox native word meaning "resting place", and it is a fitting name for this scenic 770 acre park. Lake Ahquabi State Park was dedicated in 1936 with many of its structures built by the men of Civilian Conservation...
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Lake Ahquabi Campground Standard Electric 6 24 Pull-Through
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Lake Ahquabi Campground Standard Electric 6 35 Back-In
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Overview

Description

Welcome to Lake Ahquabi State Park. Ahquabi is the Sauk and Fox native word meaning "resting place", and it is a fitting name for this scenic 770 acre park.

Lake Ahquabi State Park was dedicated in 1936 with many of its structures built by the men of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. The park features a stone lodge and two shelters (North and South) that are examples of this work.

Recreation:

Trails
With more than seven miles of multi-use trails at Lake Ahquabi, visitors can hike, bicycle, jog, cross-country ski, and even snowmobile throughout the area.

Lake Activities
Lake Ahquabi State Park has a 115 acre man-made lake with a large sandy beach that has a designated area for swimming (unsupervised). During the peak season (Memorial Day through Labor Day), paddleboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the concessionaire adjacent to the beach. Park users can also find bait, firewood, soda and snacks there as well.

Lake Ahquabi has two boat ramps and an enclosed, universally accessible fishing pier to help all anglers - from novice to expert - find great fishing. The lake also features a number of fishing jetties to improve access for the shoreline angler. Fishing is excellent with a variety of panfish, largemouth bass and channel catfish. The lake is "no-wake" speed.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
Three open shelters are available for picnics and may be reserved online. A stone lodge overlooking the lake was constructed by the CCC and is very popular for family reunions, weddings and other large gatherings. The lodge is available for rent online.

Camping
The campground is located by the lakeshore and has both electric and non-electric campsites, modern restrooms, showers and two dump stations. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. An organized youth group camping area is inside the main campground in the non-electric area.

Nearby Attractions:

Indianola is home to the Indianola Balloon Classic, which is held at the end of July/August. Dozens of hot air balloons fly and compete for prizes during this week long event. Simpson College is located in Indianola. Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park is located just north of Indianola and features seasonal trout fishing, an adjoining shooting range and connection to the twelve mile Summerset Bike Trail, which runs from Indianola to Carlisle. Des Moines, Iowa's capital city, is just twenty-two miles north of Lake Ahquabi, and has all the offerings of a major metropolitan area.

Nearby Towns
Indianola is six miles north and Des Moines is twenty-two miles north

Booking Window

Buddy

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Fri Nov 21 2014

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

Day-use Lodge

Mon Aug 25 2014 - Fri Aug 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Shelters

Mon Aug 25 2014 - Fri Aug 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Fri Nov 21 2014

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

Standard Non-Electric

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Fri Nov 21 2014

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

Youth Group Only

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Fri Nov 21 2014

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
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
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
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bait
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • DOCK, FISHING
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • HORSESHOE PITS
  • Hiking
  • Ice Sales
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • PICNIC AREA
  • PIER, FISHING
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Nature Center
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • MAINTENANCE, RV/CAMPER
  • MAINTENANCE, VEHICLE
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Town
  • Water Slides
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Arboretum
  • Hospital
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $32.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $22.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $22.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $22.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $22.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00-$40.00
Day-use Lodge $45.00-$90.00
Buddy $32.00

*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):
41.28917, -93.5875
41°17'21"N, 93°35'15"W

From Indianola: Take U.S. Highway 65/69 approximately five miles south of Indianola to the juncture of Highways 65 and 69. Then turn left and travel west on Warren County Highway G58. Travel approximately one mile to the main park entrance. For the campground and North Shelter entrance, turn right at the park's main entrance and travel north approximately one half mile on 118th Avenue, to the north park entrance. Turn left and travel west toward the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Lake Ahquabi State Park
16510 118th Ave
Indianola  IA  50125

Phone Number:

Information:  (515)961-7101
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