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

It is anticipated that Beach Area parking lot will be closed from April thru August of 2023. It is planned that old parking area will be torn up April 2023 and work will occur during the Summer 2023 to rebuild and resurface the area. The project is set to be done by August/Sept. Access to the beach area by car will not be possible, and foot & trail traffic through the construction area may be limited at times of work. The timing of the project is weather dependent and will be based on the contractor's schedule with other projects. If you have questions please call the park office at (319)392-4601 and we will try to give you the most current info.
Shower Buildings and water in the campground are shut down for the season. The water hydrant at the campground entrance is left on year round for winter use. Electricity is left on at the campsites during the winter. There is a pit toilet in the center part of the campground that is open for winter use
The Shower and restroom building in the lower half of the campground is closed for the season. Please use facilities in the upper part of the campground near sites 25 and 29
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
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites 
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Tent only campsites 
  • Youth group only campsites 
  • Dump station