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Keosauqua Attractions

Van Buren county is a haven for those seeking a peaceful and serene environment. The absence of fast-food restaurants and stop lights offers a slower pace of life that is hard to come by in many bustling cities.

 

However, for those seeking adventure and excitement, Van Buren county is also home to a wide range of recreational opportunities for people of all ages and interests.

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Trails

You'll find miles worth of Hiking and Biking trails including the Keo Loop Trail and designated bike trails throughout the county. Within Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, you will find multiple hiking options for different endurance levels.  Explore the Lower Des Moines River Water Trail by canoe or kayak. You'll find 41 miles of beautiful Des Moines river scenery running from Selma to Farmington.

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Fishing

The Des Moines River offers excellent opportunities for the fisherman. Channel cat, bass, carp, perch, walleye and other species are frequently taken.  Lake Sugema, a 574-acre multi-purpose lake offers some of the best, if not the best, fishing in southeast Iowa. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish and walleye.

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Hunting

Van Buren County boasts over 9,000 acres of state forests, Chequest Wildlife Area, west of Keosauqua; Lindsay wilderness, Bonaparte, Shimek State Forest, Farmington and Keosauqua; 3,000 acres surrounding Lake Sugema; plus other public and private areas are available for hunting. White tail deer thrive here, and hunter access is excellent. Quail and ring-necked pheasants can also be found. Guide services are available from several sources.

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Golf, Tennis

& Swimming

Available at the Riverview Country Club located at the south edge of Keosauqua.

See Pool Forms

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Historical

Sites

As one of Iowa's earliest settled counties and communities, Keosauqua is rich in history. More Info

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Art, Antiques

Collectibles

Keosauqua and Van Buren County as a whole is a favorite area of antique seekers. Nearly all of our Villages of Van Buren have something in this line to offer.

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Van Buren County Scenic Drive Festival

Several of the Villages of Van Buren host a variety of special events and activities. You will find art, cratfs, antiques and food during this two day festival. It is held during the second full weekend in October.

Local events

  • Fri, Jun 21
    Yates Park, Douds IA
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Yates Park, Douds IA, 14168 Walnut St, Douds, IA 52551, USA
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Yates Park, Douds IA, 14168 Walnut St, Douds, IA 52551, USA
  • Sat, Jun 22
    Douds
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Douds, Douds, IA 52551, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Douds, Douds, IA 52551, USA
  • Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 22
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
    Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 PM – Jun 23, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 PM – Jun 23, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    ​Join us at Lake Sugema Wildlife Area campgrounds to view the night sky. This guided program is about discovering different star patterns and constellations.
  • Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 29
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 PM – Jun 30, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 PM – Jun 30, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    No need to drive to the movie theater! Bring the family out to Lake Sugema Campgrounds.
  • Wed, Jul 03
    Hotel Manning
    Jul 03, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 03, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Thu, Jul 04
    Hotel Manning
    Jul 04, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 04, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Fri, Jul 12
    Ely Ford
    Jul 12, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Ely Ford, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 12, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Ely Ford, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Join us at Ely Ford’s Lacey Keosauqua State Park for a guided hiking tour along the river to discover the natural beauty of the bluffs and rock formation.
  • Wed, Jul 24
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:30 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds, IA-1, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:30 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds, IA-1, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    3-day outdoor fresh air (plein air) painting contest held during the Van Buren County Fair!
  • Thu, Jul 25
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds
    Jul 25, 2024, 8:00 PM
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds, IA-1, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 25, 2024, 8:00 PM
    Van Buren County Fairgrounds, IA-1, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Sat, Aug 31
    Riverfront Park
    Aug 31, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Aug 31, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Sat, Aug 31
    Riverfront Park
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Sat, Sep 21
    1st St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 7:00 PM
    1st St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 7:00 PM
    1st St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Sat, Oct 12
    Keosauqua
    Oct 12, 2024, 9:00 AM – Oct 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Keosauqua, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Oct 12, 2024, 9:00 AM – Oct 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Keosauqua, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    The Keosauqua Fall Festival is a time to enjoy crafts, food, our annual parade, kids' activities, events, music, and more.
  • Sat, Oct 12
    Riverfront Park
    Oct 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Oct 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
  • Sat, Oct 12
    Riverfront Park
    Oct 12, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Oct 12, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
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