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Nine Eagles State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Jan 25 2015   Later Dates

Description

Nine Eagles State Park is a hidden secret of Decatur County. Whether you are here to fish, camp, swim or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay. Rugged wooded hills and valleys abundant with oak trees make Nine Eagles one of southern Iowa`s most scenic parks. The park includes trees more than 300 years old. Visitors enjoy six miles of bridle trails and nine miles of hiking trails, swimming at the sandy beach, pleasant camping areas and shaded picnic spots with tables and fireplaces scattered throughout the park.

Recreation:

Trails
The park has a three mile hiking trail that goes around the lake and several other trails connecting to the campgrounds. If you plan to walk to the entire trail, take water and insect repellant. The trail takes you through rugged, hilly mature hardwood timber and small remnants of native prairie. The keen observer will likely see a variety of wildlife species that take refuge in these habitats. The trails are grass and crushed rock and are open to hikers and mountain bikers. During the winter months, there are seven miles of multi-use trails for snowmobiles and cross-country skiers. The equestrian trails total seven miles through rugged timber and small prairie remnants.

Lake Activities
Fishing on the 64 acre lake for bass, northern pike, tiger muskie, channel catfish, bluegill and crappie is a popular sport. The lake's timbered watershed makes it one of the clearest artificial impoundments in the state. Only rowboats and electric motors are permitted. A fish cleaning station and a boat ramp is also located nearby. Nine Eagles has a fishing jetty located on the lake that provides great shoreline access.

The beach, which offers unsupervised swimming, is a great place for swimmers and sunbathers, young and old. A playground and picnic area are close by.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
Nine Eagles is a great place for a picnic. Several shaded picnic areas with tables and fire grills are located throughout the park. Two open shelters area available and may be reserved online.

Camping
There are three campgrounds boasting both electric and non-electric sites, modern showers, restrooms and a trailer dump station. Seven primitive equestrian campsites are offered and include fire rings, pit toilets, water and hitching rails. There is day-use parking in the center of the equestrian area.

Nearby Attractions:

Lamoni`s Amish community sells a number of items around town including baskets, jellies and bread. A Civil War reenactment is held each Labor Day weekend in Lamoni. Leon holds a championship rodeo event each year the first week in July.

Nearby Towns
Lamoni is seven miles west on Highway 69. Davis City is six miles northwest. Pleasanton is one mile south. Leon is eight miles north on Highway 69.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • HORSESHOE PITS
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PARK LAKE
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Golf
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • RETAIL, BAIT & TACKLE
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information
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):
40.59722, -93.75222
40°35'50"N, 93°45'8"W

On Interstate 35 take Exit 4. Take Hwy 69 east 4 miles to Davis City. Take Hwy J - 66 / Dale Miller Road south 3 miles to the park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Nine Eagles State Park
23678 Dale Miller Road
Davis City  IA  50065

Phone Number:

Information:  (641) 442 - 2855