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.
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.
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.
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.
As one of Iowa's earliest settled counties and communities, Keosauqua is rich in history. More Info
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.
- Sat, Oct 12KeosauquaOct 12, 2024, 9:00 AM – Oct 13, 2024, 4:00 PMKeosauqua, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA