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 through the online reservation system for Lake Ahquabi State Park.

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 for Lake Ahquabi State Park and is a popular location for family reunions, weddings or large gatherings.

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

Park Renovation Projects: The drawdown of the lake started in mid July of 2021. Due to the lake level going down, the beach will be closed starting on Sunday, July 25 for the remainder of the recreation season and in 2022 unless otherwise posted. The concessionaire is also closed. In 2022, the campground, shelter, and lodge will be closed due to renovation. The lodge and shelter will not be excepting reservations for the 2023 season due to the renovations. (Updated September 1, 2022)
  • 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