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Lake Ahquabi State Park
Park Renovation Projects: The lake will be drawn down in early July of 2021. The campground will be closed starting on August 9, 2021 due to renovation. The lodge and shelter will be available in 2021, but the water level will be very low in August and September due to the lake restoration project. In 2022, the campground, shelter, and lodge will be closed due to renovation. (Posted October 14, 2020)

Facilities and Activities

Beach house open shelter at Lake Ahquabi Shelters and Enclosed Lodge
Three open shelters are available for picnics and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

A stone lodge overlooking the lake may be reserved for a fee. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it is very popular for family reunions, weddings and other large gatherings. The lodge may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

The campground is located by the lakeshore. There are a large amount of campsites including electrical hookups, modern rest rooms and showers and two trailer dump stations. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. An organized youth group camping area is inside the main campground in the "non-electric" area. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. A playground is located near the campground.

Lake Ahquabi Boat Rental is open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend until local school. After school starts, it is open on weekends through Labor Day. Hours are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturdays and holidays. Rentals include row boats, pedalboats, canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboard instruction also available. Concession items include snacks, firewood, ice, bait and beach items. In June and July; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM; Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. For more information please call 515-961-6117 or email at info@canoesportoutfitters.com.

Hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers have access to almost 6 1/2 miles of trail, most of which is gravel surfaced.  The Lake trail hugs the shoreline for 4 miles while 2 1/2 miles of trail wind through the woods.  

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
A 115-acre man-made lake has a large sandy beach and offers unsupervised swimming. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent through the concessionaire. Bait is also available through the concessionaire.

A modern boat ramp is located at the northern end of the park. Another ramp is located in the campground. Lake Ahquabi is popular with anglers. A number of fishing jetties and a handicapped accessible fishing pier provide great places for a day of shoreline fishing.

Beach Monitoring Results

"Ahquabi" is a Sauk and Fox word meaning "resting place," and it is a fitting name for this scenic 770-acre park. The park site was recommended by "Ding" Darling, nationally known Iowa political cartoonist and conservationist, and was dedicated in 1936. Many of its structures were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's and remain available for the enjoyment of park visitors.

Nearby Towns
Indianola is six miles north, and is the home of Simpson College and the site of the annual hot air balloon races. Des Moines, Iowa's capital, is 22 miles north.

Nearby Lakes

Lake Ahquabi
Annett Nature Center Pond (Lester Pond)
Hooper Area Pond
Otter Creek Park Pond
Hickory Hills Park Pond


Within park
Bait, Beach, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boat Rental, Boating, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Canoeing, Concession, Cross Country Skiing, Day-use Lodge, Dock, Fishing, Dump Station, Firewood Sales, Fish Cleaning Station, Fishing, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Jogging/Running, Kayak Rental, Kayaking, Modern Campground, Mountain Biking, Paddle Boat Rental, Paddle Boating, Park Lake, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Pier, Fishing, Playground, Restrooms, Retail, Firewood, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks, Showers, Snowmobiling, Swimming - Beach, Trails, Cross Country Skiing, Trails, Hiking, Trails, Mountain Bike, Trails, Snowmobile, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

Less than a mile
Hunting, Nature Center

More than a mile
ATM/Cash Machine, Camping - Equestrian, Church, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Maintenance, RV/Camper, Medical Clinic, Town