Geode State Park
Work continues on Lake Geode renovation throughout Fall/Winter/Spring 2018/2019. It is anticipated that all in lake work will be complete sometime in early Spring in 2019. After that the lake drain will be closed and the lake will be allowed to fill up with natural rainfall. Depending on weather and if there is a dry or wet year it is difficult to predict how long that process may take. Be aware that a portion of the hiking trail near the spillway on the west shoreline of the lake is cut off due to dirt hauling and a trail detour must be used to get around the construction zone. Campground renovation is coinciding with the work in the lake during the Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer 2018 into 2019. The campground is anticipated to be open again sometime in June 2019 if all goes according to plan. There are no reservations for the campground or the shelter connected to the campground water /wastewater system( Beach Shelter) until work is complete. The outdoor portion of the beach shelter is available on a first come first served basis no kitchenette, restrooms or water available until work completion. Please contact park office at (319)392-4601 for any other questions (Updated November 15, 2018)
A short section of the hiking trail which circles the lake will be closed for construction work occurring in that area. This is occurring on the west side of the lake near the spillway area of the dam. This is construction of a haul road for hauling silt out of the lake as part of the lake renovation. Only the small stretch close to spillway on the west side of the dam will be closed. If hiking counter clockwise on the trail around the lake it will be necessary to bypass the work by leaving the trail at the youth camp area or shelter #4 and using the road shoulder of highway J-20 to continue around the lake and vice versa if travelling clockwise. It is expected that there will be work in this area for until Spring 2019.
The Beach Shelter will not be open for rental all of 2018 connected to the campground facilities and therefore will need to remain off (includes:water/restrooms/kitchenette) while lines in the campground are upgraded and replaced. The outdoor portion of the shelter may be used on a first come, first served basis. The lake is drained and there is no swimming at the beach, but the area near the beach facility and trails may still be used.
The Campground will be closed for all of 2018 for renovation. It is anticipated that all work will be completed for a Summer 2019 opening.
Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through May 23, 2019. (Updated 8/3/17)

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.

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.

Beach Monitoring Results

"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