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Lake Ahquabi State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Oct 05 2015   Later Dates


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.


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.


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.

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

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bait
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Concession
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Sales
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Nature Center
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Town
  • Water Slides
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Arboretum
  • Hospital
Alerts and Important Information

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