Geode State Park

Named after Iowa’s state rock, Geode State Park is a beautiful destination in southeast Iowa for outdoor recreation. Lake Geode is the focal point of the park, with more than 150 acres for fishing, boating and paddlesport activities. Geodes are on display in the park office, but it is prohibited to remove geodes from the park.


Hike a variety of trails at Geode, taking visitors around the lake and to several sites within the park. The main trail begins at the north end of the lake and travels to the dam. Another trail leads from the dam on the west side of the lake to complete a circular tour of Lake Geode.

 Fish for largemouth bass, crappie, red-eared sunfish and more. Shoreline fishing is available from several picnic areas along the lakeshore and the dam. Boaters can enjoy the lake at “no wake” speeds. Two boat ramps on the east side of the lake provide convenient access to the water. 

 Boat in the waters of Lake Geode or swim at the sandy beach area. Boats must operate at “no-wake” speeds and cannot be operated at more than 5 mph within 100 feet of the shore or within 50 feet of another craft or person. In-board motors are not allowed on the lake, including jet skis and jet boats.

 Camp at one of several electric or non-electric campsites at the park’s campground. The campground features two modern shower buildings, a modern restroom, sewage dump station and two ADA accessible camp pads. 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 through the online reservation system for Geode State Park.

Reserve one of four open shelters for an outdoor gathering during your visit. The Beach Shelter is ADA accessible and several scenic picnic spots are available throughout the park. Shelter reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Geode State Park.

Geode State Park
3333 Racine Ave
Danville, IA 52623
Ph. 319-392-4601

Closures and construction work for time period 5/9/2022 thru 6/1/2022. (*Note: All work timing and completion is subject to weather conditions cooperating) Beginning 5/9 the will be a culvert replaced on Beach Road near the intersection with Racine Ave. During this time access to the Beach area and Main boat ramp will be limited to using Lake Road from the south. Other construction occurring will be replacement of the beach boat ramp during this time. Trail access at the north side of the beach will fenced off but users will be able to walk or bike around the work area on the grass adjacent to it. A portion of the Cedar Creek area will also be paved for better lake access and future canoe and kayaking dock. Please be aware of this if you are trying to access the lake from this point.
Shower Building #1 in Upper Part of the Campground is open 4/18/2022. Hydrants and electricity are on at campsites. Dump Station is open.
As of Monday March 28th, Des Moines County Highway J-20 across the Lake Geode dam will be closed for 6 weeks for repairs. Access from points west of Geode State Park including Lowell, West Point and New London Areas will not be able to get through the park from this direction. Please use other routes to get to or beyond the park
Part of the campground will remain first come first served sites until further notice. This effects sites 45-90 and sites 16-28. There is worked anticipated to be done sometime this Spring to early Summer 2022 on water line and water pressure problems in these portions of the camp area which will result in excavation of areas and may effect some campsite areas.
Beach Shelter: This shelter is not accepting reservations for 2022 and 2023. The shelter may be used on a first come first basis. (Posted December 21, 2021)
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Boat ramps (2)
  • Shelters (4)
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites 
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Tent only campsites 
  • Youth group only campsites 
  • Dump station