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Lake Ahquabi State Park

Lake Ahquabi is a popular state park in south-central Iowa named after the Sauk and Fox word meaning “resting place.” Dedicated in 1936, several of the park’s structures, such as the stone lodge and picnic shelters, were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. A sandy beach overlooks the tranquil waters of Lake Ahquabi, and visitors can enjoy the park’s relaxing atmosphere by soaking up the sun, kayaking along the shore or exploring its trails.


Hike more than six miles of trails at Lake Ahquabi, including a loop around the lake and through wooded pathways. The trails are best explored by hiking and biking, or cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Boat in Lake Ahquabi or swim in the designated beach area. The lake is a “no-wake” speed, and paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and boats can be rented at the beach concessionaire. Bait, firewood, snacks and beverages are also available for purchase.

Fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish or panfish since the lake is popular fishing destination. Anglers of all ages and abilities can fish along the shoreline, the accessible fishing pier or a fishing jetty.

Camp in the lakeshore campground, offering both electric and non-electric campsites, modern restrooms, showers and dump stations. Picnic tables and a fire ring are provided at each campsite. Advanced reservations can be made online.

Reserve one of two open picnic shelters during your visit. A CCC-era stone lodge overlooking the lake can be reserved through the online reservation system and is a popular location for family reunions, weddings or large gatherings.

Lake Ahquabi State Park
16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125

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
  • Swimming beach
  • Concessions
  • Paddleboat rentals
  • Boat ramps (2)
  • Fishing pier; ADA Accessible
  • Fishing jetties (13)
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Day-use lodge (1)
  • Shelters (2)
  • Modern restrooms; ADA accessible
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites (75)
  • Non electric campsites (30)
  • Buddy campsites (5)
  • Dump stations (2)
  • Firewood sales