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Under the stars
under the heavens

Lacey-keosauqua state park -
1,653 acres of Oak-hickory bluffs

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is Iowa's second oldest state park. Dedicated in 1920 and originally known as Big Bend State Park, Lacey-Keosauqua's 1,653 acres of oak-hickory bluffs and valleys are located alongside a large bend in the Des Moines River. Whether you are here to fish, hike, camp, swim or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay. A three mile trail segment follows a bluff of the Des Moines River and touches on some of the history of the area, from the river crossing of the Mormon's western trek in the mid-1800s, to the structures built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. 

Indian Mounds
A series of 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 between 750 and 2,500 years ago. 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.

Something for everyone
  • Bird Watching

  • Boat Launch Ramp

  • Boating

  • Canoeing

  • Dock, Fishing

  • Dump Station 

  • Firewood Sales

  • Fishing

  • Handicap Access

  • Hiking

  • Historic Sites

  • Hunting

  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display

  • Jogging/Running

  • Kayaking

  • Modern Restroom 

  • Park Lake

  • Park Office 

  • Parking

  • Picnic Area

  • Picnic Tables

  • Playground

  • Registration Building

  • Restrooms

  • River

  • Seasonal Festivals

  • Showers

  • Swimming - Beach

  • Telephone

  • Toilet, Pit/Vault

  • Trash Dumpster

  • Walking

  • Water Hydrants 

  • Wildlife Viewing


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