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CAMPGROUND SHOWER/RESTROOMS AND THE DUMP STATION ARE OPEN: The sewer system and has been fixed and the water is now turned on in the park. However, at this time the Beach Shelter is still closed and will be available for reservations sometime late this summer. The Youth Group Campsite is available for advanced reservations by calling the Park Office at 319 392-4601.

Geode State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Oct 01 2015   Later Dates


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).


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.


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.

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
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Jet Skiing
  • Laundry
  • 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