Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Indian Mounds
A series of 19 mounds overlook the Des Moines River in the northwest section of the park. These were built by an ancient group of Woodland Culture Indians in order to bury their dead. Such mounds are usually found on hilltops overlooking river valleys.

These are sacred locations to living Native American peoples - please pay your respects and avoid walking on or otherwise disturbing the mounds.

Lacey-Keosauqua is a wonderful place for a family cook-out or group gathering. It is one of the prettiest parks where you can get together and enjoy a meal in the outdoors. Two open picnic shelters are available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system. The picnic shelter near the east entrance of the park is accessible to the mobility impaired.

The heated and air-conditioned lodge, open year-round, may also be reserved for a fee. The lodge is an excellent place for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The lodge may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Lacey-Keosauqua's beautiful, shaded campground features 76 campsites (45 with 30-amp electrical and 10 with 50-amp electrical and water), modern rest rooms, shower facilities, and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park offers 6 family cabins. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system. The cabins provide all of the comforts of home while bringing visitors a great outdoor experience. All cabins include modern facilities.

Beach House Lodge
The Beach House Lodge (the former bath house at the lake) is a day rental facility for meetings, receptions, reunions, etc. Reservations for renting the Beach House Lodge can be made by calling 319-293-3502

The park's hiking trails wind among the valleys and cliffs along the Des Moines River. On the trails, it is often possible to see many types of wildlife including deer, raccoons, opossums, gray squirrels, red foxes, and numerous species of bird life. The variety of plants, trees and shrubs; many of them more than 200 years old; make hiking at the park an exciting and educational experience.

Swimming & Boating
The picturesque 25-acre lake at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is a favorite spot for swimmers and boaters during the summer months.  A ramp provides easy access to the lake.  Boating is limited to electric motors only.

The lake at Lacey-Keosauqua is popular with anglers as is the scenic Des Moines River which runs the length of the park.  Great fishing can also be found at nearby Lake Sugema, a 575-acre lake with five boat ramps and a campground located near the southern entrance to the park.

Map and Directions
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The lodge, cabins, shelters and half the campsites at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park can be reserved by clicking here or by calling toll-free 1-877-427-2757.  The balance of the campsites are on a first come, first serve basis.


Ely Ford Photo