Geode State Park
Campground renovations will continue throughout Spring and early summer 2019. It is anticipated that the campground will be completed some time in July. Due to road repairs opening will be very dependent on weather conditions and delays are possible.
Lake renovation work continues through all of 2019. Completion is now scheduled for Spring of 2020. The lake will remain drained during this time, but may fill up temporarily at times when heavy rainfall or snowmelt occurs. After completion it will be weather dependent on how long it takes for the lake to return to it's normal water level.
The Beach Shelter will not be open for rental the first part of 2019. It is 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.
Work continues on Lake Geode renovation throughout Spring and early Summer 2019. It is anticipated that all in lake work will be complete sometime in the first half of 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 Spring/Summer 2019. The campground is anticipated to be open again sometime in mid summer 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 January 4th,2019)

Facilities and Activities

Picnicking/Shelters
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.

Camping
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.

Trails
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


Amenities

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
Church

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



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