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Beeds Lake State Park

A centerpiece of Franklin County, Beeds Lake State Park is a popular destination for anglers of all ages and contains one of the most photographed dams in the Midwest. The park’s 99-acre reservoir is the primary focus, with ample fishing and hiking opportunities at the spillway and along the causeway. Beeds Lake State Park was named after William Beed, the owner of the property before the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed it into a park.


Hike or bike the two-mile trail along the shoreline of Beeds Lake. At the spillway, visitors can hike to the base of the dam and admire its unique limestone face. Cross-country skiing is available on the trails in the winter.

Boat in the waters of Beeds Lake or swim at the sandy beach area near the south side of the lake. A modern boat ramp provides convenient access to the lake and boats may be operated at “no wake” speeds.

Fish for bass, catfish and panfish. Several fishing jetties and docks near the south shore provide access to the lake and are ADA accessible. The causeway also offers shoreline fishing opportunities.

Camp at one of several campsites at the park’s large campground, offering electrical hookups, two modern restrooms, showers and a sanitary dump station. One-fourth of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance campsite reservations can be made online.

Reserve one of two open shelters at the park for an outdoor gathering during your visit. Originally built by the CCC, the renovated stone and timber beach building contains a dining area, kitchen and restrooms. The beach building can be reserved for large gatherings through the online reservation system.

Beeds Lake State Park
1422 165th Street
Hampton, IA 50441
Ph. 641-456-2047

STATEWIDE FACILITY CLOSURES: All pit latrines and port-a-potties are closed until April 15, 2020. Due to lack of restroom facilities, all camping cabins and shelters are closed until April 15, 2020. Campgrounds are open but campers must provide their own self-contained bathroom until park restrooms are available. Self-contained includes bathrooms in RVs/travel trailers/5th wheels and portable camping toilets. All modern restroom and shower facilities are currently closed for the winter season. Many parks try to have modern campground facilities open in mid-April, weather permitting. Some parks open modern camping facilities mid to late April, weather permitting. All lodges are currently closed through April 30, 2020. Playgrounds are not cleaned and sanitized. DNR strongly recommends visitors avoid playgrounds to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - user discretion is advised. (POSTED 3/30/2020)
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Modern boat ramp
  • Fishing jetty
  • Fishing dock
  • Day-use lodge
  • Shelters (2); ADA accessible
  • Electric campsites (91)
  • Tent only campsites (43)
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Dump station