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Lake of Three Fires State Park

A hotspot for equestrian trail riding and camping, Lake of Three Fires State Park in southwest Iowa provides diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. The park’s 85-acre lake is a local destination for boaters and anglers, and several open picnic areas are available near the lake. Lake of Three Fires was dedicated in 1935 and is named after a group of Native Americans from the Potawatomi tribe who once inhabited the area known as the “Fire Nation.”


Hike more than 10 miles of multi-use trails, winding around the lake, through wetlands and prairie. Wildlife is often spotted on the trails, which is a combination of grass, rock and dirt surfaces. Horseback riding and snowmobiling are also popular activities for exploring the park’s trails.

Boat or Fish at Lake of Three Fires, or swim at the sandy beach area. Boats may be operated at “no-wake” speeds and two boat ramps provide convenient access to the water. Fishing jetties provide shoreline access, and anglers can fish for a variety of species including bluegill and bullhead. Horseshoe pitching areas are located at the beach near the lodge.

Hunt at the park’s public hunting area near the north and south borders. Nearly 400 acres of hunting area surround the park, although hunting is not allowed within park borders.

Stay overnight in one of six studio cabins or at the two modern campgrounds. Cabins offer heating and air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator and cook-top stove; visitors must provide their own bedding, towels and cooking supplies. Both campgrounds contain restrooms, showers and a trailer dump station. An equestrian campground has non-electric and electric sites, restrooms, corrals, hitching posts and holding pens. One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis or advance campsite reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Lake of Three Fires State Park.

Reserve one of two open shelters for an outdoor gathering during your visit. One of the shelters contains electricity and water, and a renovated day-use lodge near the beach can be reserved for large gatherings. Both shelters and the day-use lodge can be reserved through the online reservation system for Lake of Three Fires State Park.

Lake of Three Fires State Park
2303 Lake Road
Bedford, IA 50833
Ph. 712-523-2700
Fax: 712-523-3104

Lake of Three Fires State park will close the campgrounds and trails starting Feb. 2nd 2021. The closure is due to the removal of ash trees that have been damaged by the Emerald ash borer. The campgrounds will be opened on March, 31st 2021 or when the trees are removed.
CABIN CLOSURE: January 15th, 2021. The cabins have been closed/winterized due to the heaters not being able to keep up with the temperatures in the local area. Cabins will be open for reservations April 1st.
Facilities: The modern restrooms/showers at Lake of Three Fires State Park are closed as of October 26th, 2020 for the winter. The RV dump station is open with no running water. Water hydrants and electric campsites will remain ON in the campground year round.
  • Hunting
  • Horseshoe pitching areas
  • Sand volleyball
  • Playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming beach
  • Boat ramps (2)
  • Fishing jetty
  • Day-use lodge (1); ADA accessible
  • Shelters (2)
  • Modern restroom
  • Showers
  • Family studio cabins (6)
  • Electric campsites
  • Non-electric campsites 
  • Equestrian, electric campsites
  • Equestrian, non-electric campsites
  • Equestrian, buddy campsites
  • Buddy campsites
  • Youth group only campsites
  • Dump station