Lake of Three Fires State Park, IA

Lake of Three Fires State Park, with its beautiful lake and old-growth oak/hickory timber, provides a relaxing and quiet atmosphere for fishing, camping, hiking, equestrian trail riding, snowmobiling, swimming, boating or just making memories with family and friends. Lake Activities...
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Max reservation window: Fri Nov 28 2014   Later Dates

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Cabin renters must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, toiletry items and dinnerware. Attention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.
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Lake of Three Fires Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
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Overview

Description

Lake of Three Fires State Park, with its beautiful lake and old-growth oak/hickory timber, provides a relaxing and quiet atmosphere for fishing, camping, hiking, equestrian trail riding, snowmobiling, swimming, boating or just making memories with family and friends.

Recreation:

Lake Activities
The 85-acre park lake is nearly a mile long and a half-mile wide, with scenic inlets ideal for fishing and boating. Surrounding the lake is 691 acres of picturesque woodlands and a number of fishing jetties provide great shoreline access. Anglers can try their luck fishing for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, bullhead and channel catfish. Two boat ramps are located on the lake for convenient lake access. The lake is a "no-wake" lake.

A sandy beach area provides swimming fun for everyone as well as a sand volleyball court and playground.There are horseshoe pitching areas located at the beach area near the lodge, the camp area and the picnic area. A large picnic area with tables and grills is nestled under trees close to the lakeshore.

Trails
The 10-plus miles of multi-use trails in the park snake their way around the lake and can be used by hikers, equestrians and snowmobilers. Take in the many wildlife viewing opportunities. Follow the trails through a variety of habitats - wetland areas around the fringes of the lake, woodlands and prairie remnants.The trail is a combination of grass, rock and dirt.

Hunting
On the north border of the park is a 220-acre public hunting area and on the south border is a 160-acre public hunting area.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
There are two open picnic shelters that can be reserved. One has electricity and running water with a playground nearby. The lodge, near the beach, can be reserved for events such as weddings, graduations and other large gatherings.


Cabins
There are six studio cabins with heat/AC available for reservations, year-round, in the park.

Camping
Two modern campgrounds with nonelectric and electric sites are located a short distance from the lake. The campgrounds have restrooms, shower facilities and a trailer dump station. There is an equestrian campground with restrooms that provides both nonelectric and electric campsites. Campsites include corrals, hitching posts or holding pens.

Nearby Attractions:

Shopping is available in historic Bedford, which is known for its antique shops. The Taylor County Historical Museum is located at the west edge of Bedford and there is a golf course located on Highway 148 north of Bedford.

Nearby Towns
Lake of Three Fires State Park is located three miles north of Bedford in southern Taylor County.

Booking Window

Buddy

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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 Sep 01 2014 - Fri Aug 28 2015

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

Equestrian

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 2014

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

Family Cabins Studio

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Fri Aug 28 2015

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

Shelters

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Fri Aug 28 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 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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 30 2014 - Fri Nov 28 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
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • RESTROOMS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Antiquing
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Medical Clinic
  • Tennis
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Motel
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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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $14.00-$28.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $9.00-$18.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $9.00-$18.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $9.00-$18.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $9.00-$18.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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
Family Cabins Studio $50.00
($300.00 Weekly**)
Equestrian $14.00-$28.00
Day-use Lodge $35.00-$70.00
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):
40.71639, -94.69167
40°42'59"N, 94°41'30"W

From Bedford, go east out of town for 1/2 mile on Hwy 2 then turn north on Lake Road. Go North 3 miles and Lake of Three Fires is located on the west side.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Lake of Three Fires State Park
2303 Lake Road
Bedford  IA  50833

Phone Number:

Information:  (712) 523 - 2700
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