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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.

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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

  • Sat, Apr 27
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Join us at Lacey Keosauqua Beach House for a hike to discover the different edible flora found in timbers of Van Buren County. We will be looking at different flora throughout the lake trail and discuss what types of places they are found in.
  • Sat, May 11
    Morris Park
    May 11, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd, Stockport, IA 52651, USA
    May 11, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd, Stockport, IA 52651, USA
    Join us at Morris Park for a hike to discover the different flora found in timbers of Van Buren County. We will be looking for different flora throughout the trial and discussing what types of places they are found in.
  • Fri, May 24
    Hotel Manning
    May 24, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    May 24, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Kick off Memorial Day Weekend in style!! BBQ & Live Music
  • Sat, May 25
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
    May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Join us at Lacey Keosauqua State Park Beach House Lodge for a 2-mile guided hike. This hike is in memory of Bob Steingraber who was an avid outdoorsman and was a Van Buren County Conservation Board Member for 30 years!
  • Sun, May 26
    Riverfront Park
    May 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    May 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Riverfront Park, 500 Park St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Enjoy a day full of fun, drinks, food and music with the whole family at the Riverfront Amphitheater!
  • Fri, Jun 07
    Austin Park
    Jun 07, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Austin Park, 19000 Eagle Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 07, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Austin Park, 19000 Eagle Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Starting at the Austin Park Campgrounds, participants will stop several times to learn about the animals, history, and geology of the river.
  • Sat, Jun 08
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
    Jun 08, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 08, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Join us for an educational fishing event at Lake Sugema Wildlife Area. At this family fun event everyone will learn fishing basics and fish identification.
  • Sat, Jun 15
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
    Jun 15, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Explore various prairie plants while hiking with us through Lake Sugema Wildlife area. Common flora may include Wild bergamot, slender mountain mint, common milkweed, white wild indigo, and swamp milkweed.
  • Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 15
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
    Jun 15, 2024, 9:00 PM
    Lake Sugema Wildlife Area, 19640 Jersey Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 9:00 PM
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sat, Jul 13
    Bentonsport Campground
    Jul 13, 2024, 9:00 PM
    Bentonsport Campground, 22098 Hawk Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    Jul 13, 2024, 9:00 PM
    Bentonsport Campground, 22098 Hawk Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
    No need to drive to the movie theater! Bring the family out to Bentonsport Campground.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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