Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is one of Iowa's largest and most picturesque state parks and recreation areas. The park's 1,653 acres of hills, bluffs and valleys wind along the Des Moines River in Van Buren County.

During the middle of the 19th century, the great Mormon trek westward across Iowa occurred. Ely Ford, now the site of a beautiful picnic and trail area, was a river crossing point. This site is now a component of the Mormon Pioneer Trail.

Originally, Lacey-Keosauqua was named "Big Bend Park" but when it was dedicated in 1921, a more colorful name was sought.  For the next five years the park was called "Keosauqua", a Native American term meaning "the stream bearing a floating mass of snow, slush or ice." In 1926, the name was changed to Lacey-Keosauqua State Park in honor of Major John Fletcher Lacey who fought in the Civil War, was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1868 and by 1888, was a member of Congress. Lacey campaigned for conservation legislation long before Teddy Roosevelt and was instrumental in the establishment of a state park system in Iowa.

Approximately 150,000 visitors each year find Lacey-Keosauqua State Park an inspirational destination. We invite you to explore this site as well as related sites found on our Links page to learn more about this exceptional treasure provided by mother nature.

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Friends of Lacey

Friends of Lacey was incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 29, 1995 with the stated goals of:

(1) To increase public awareness and appreciation of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

(2) Encourage public participation in restoration, preservation, and enhancement of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

(3) Foster public use, support, and enjoyment of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is one of our state's greatest assets attracting thousands of visitors from near and afar each year.

We invite you to not only visit but, if possible, also join us as a volunteer or supporter by becoming a Member of Friends of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

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