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Lake of Three Fires State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Jan 21 2015   Later Dates

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.

Services & 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
Alerts and Important Information
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.

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