Lacey Keosauqua State Park at Keosauquak, Iowa, is the gateway to the 574-acre lake and 3,600 fish and wildlife area.
First stocked in 1992, the lake is quickly becoming one the Iowa’s premier largemouth bass fisheries. Creel surveys indicate the lake is among Iowa’s top bluegill waters, crappie fishing is also excellent.
The lake is classed as multi-purpose. One can fish and boat on the lake itself, while nearby hunting, hiking, birdwatching, cross country skiing, picnicking, nature study, primitive camping, and other fun is available.
The area is being managed by DNR and Van Buren County Conservation Board. That management has helped build up the numbers of wild turkey, deer, quail, rabbits, squirrels, geese, songbirds, and other wild animals in the area. Also found there are fox, raccoon, mink, muskrats, and bald eagles.
Facilities include parking lots, boat ramps, rental cabins, fish cleaning stations, fishing pier, floating boat docks, and wildlife islands. The lake is excellent for fishing because of the steps taken to prevent siltation. The nearby farmers are using soil saving practices in the lake’s drainage area. The lake is also protected by a series of small sediment-control dams. The lake is used as part of the water supply for Keosauqua.
Admission – None
Directions – between County Highway J-40 and State Highway 2 southwest of Keosauqua, Iowa.
Hours – Sunrise to sunset
Phone – (319) 293-3532 or (877) 293-3224