Geode State Park
The hiking Trail between Shelter #4 and Shelter #1 on the west side of the lake is now open again for normal use. Please note that the route has changed slightly near the middle of that trail section. There is signage showing the new route.
The hiking trail on the west side of the lake between shelter #4 and Shelter #1 is now open for normal use again. Please note that the trail route has changed slightly near the middle of that trail section where a pond has been installed. There is signage posted showing the new route.
Lake Geode is currently drained for renovation and there is no fishing activity availble at this time.The lake has been recently drained and is very muddy. Please use caution when walking on the lakeshore or on the lake bottom as it is easy to get stuck.
Shelter #1 renovation project has been delayed. The area has been opened again for normal use at this time.
Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 23, 2019. (Updated 8/3/17)
The campground will be closed for the 2018 season for renovation. (Posted 7/21/17)
Lake Restoration Project: The DNR may begin drawing the lake down as early as October 2017. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. (Updated 7/21/17).
Lake Restoration Project: The DNR will start drawing the lake down as early as July 10th, 2017, but this may also be delayed. The water will be drawn down no more than 1 foot per day. Expect the water level to be lower some time after this date for the remainder of the 2017 camping season. The park and campground will still be open during this time. (UPDATED June 28, 2017)

Facilities and Activities


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 through the park reservation system. A picnic site accessible to the mobility impaired is available.

This large campground has a lot of campsites with enough variety to suit anyone's tastes (including sites with electricity). There are two modern shower buildings and a sewage dump station in the campground. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Two camp pads and rest rooms are accessible to the mobility-impaired.

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 46 mile route that connects Lacey Keosauqua State Park and Geode State Parks. This route winds through southern Iowa woodlands, pastures and lush cornfields with lots of rolling hills and some flat terrain.

Lake Activities (boating, fishing)
The prime attraction of the 1,640-acre park is Lake Geode, a 187-acre lake built in 1950. Over the years, the lake has become well known for excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, red-eared sunfish.

"Hey! Come on, we're going out to Geode!" This is repeated time after time in southeast Iowa as families and friends pack picnic baskets and swimsuits and head for a fun day in the sun at one of southeast Iowa's most popular state parks.

The geode stone for which this park is named brings "rock hounds" to the 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.

Nearby Towns
Burlington is 15 miles east on Hwys. 79 and 34. New London is about six miles north of the park. Just east of New London on U.S. 34, a county road turns south and leads to the main entrance. The park may be reached from Middletown on Iowa Highway 79 or from Lowell on County Road J-20. Denmark and Danville are also close to the park as well as Mount Pleasant.

Nearby Lakes

Lake Geode
Werner Memorial Woods Pond
Pollmiller Park Lake


Within park
Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Canoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Dock, Boat, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Fish Cleaning Station, Fishing, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Jogging/Running, Kayaking, Modern Campground, Mountain Biking, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, Showers, Swimming - Beach, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Mountain Bike, Trails, Snowmobile, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile

More than a mile
Archery, Fuel, Boats, Grocery Store, Hospital, Hunting, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Firewood, Retail, Ice, Town