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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.


PLAN YOUR VISIT

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
Geode@dnr.iowa.gov


Roads to the beach area parking lot and into the campground are open again 1/29/24. Please use caution as a lot of areas are very soft due to the recent rapid melting of snow and ice.

Shelter #1 road has been closed due heavy snow and slippery conditions

All modern campground restroom facilities will be closed for the season on November 1st, 2023. During the winter months the electricity is left on at the campsites, water is left on at the hydrant at the campground entrance, there is a pit toilet located at the center of the campground. Please be mindful of winter weather and slippery conditions. The campground gates may be closed if there is impending heavy snow or icy conditions. Please check ahead of time with park staff. Geode park office (319)392-4601

AMENITIES AT A GLANCE

  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Boat ramps (2)
  • Shelters
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites 
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Tent only campsites 
  • Youth group only campsites 
  • Dump station