Geode State Park

Geode State Park is a state park of Iowa, USA, border Henry County and Des Moines County It is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. While it is named for Iowa's state rock, the geode, few can be found in the park. A display of geodes, with their mysterious crystal formations in their hollow cavities, can be seen at the park office. It is illegal to remove geodes from state parks.

Geode State Park
Lake Geode
Location of Geode State Park in Iowa
TypeIowa State Park
LocationDanville, Henry County, Iowa, United States
Coordinates40°49′34″N 91°22′49″W
Area1,640 acres (6.6 km2)
Elevation669 ft (204 m)[1]
EtymologyNamed for a large geode found there
Operated byIowa Department of Natural Resources
Geode State Park, Civilian Conservation Corps Area
Built byCivilian Conservation Corps
ArchitectCentral Design Office, Ames
MPSCCC Properties in Iowa State Parks MPS
NRHP reference #90001673
Added to NRHPNovember 15, 1990

The prime attraction of the 1,640-acre park is Lake Geode, a 187-acre lake built in 1950. Over the years, the lake has become well known for excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, red-eared sunfish.

Geode State Park joined the Iowa park system in 1937. The spot along the Skunk River had long been a local picnicking spot. Originally local groups raised $4,800 to purchase 143 acres. The Civilian Conservation Corps moved onto the grounds to begin clearing trees, creating roads and building structures. In 1947, civilian construction workers returned and building resumed. In 1951, the lake, beach and CCC-reminiscent beach house were dedicated. Also opened at the time was an airstrip, making Geode the only park that invited travelers to arrive by private plane. The strip has been closed since.

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, a RAGBRAI participant, Donald D. Myers from Rolla, Missouri, died from injuries sustained in a crash at the bottom of the hill near Geode Lake dam at Geode State Park.[2]

Some places in the area have been reported to have timber rattlesnakes.

Nearby towns are Burlington, 15 miles (24 km) to the east; New London, 6 miles (9.7 km) north; Danville, 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast; Middletown, 6 miles (9.7 km) east; and Lowell, at the park's southwest corner.

The park can be reached from Middletown on Iowa 79 or from Lowell on County Road J-20.


  1. "Geode State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-04-30. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  2. Jared Strong (2009). "Crash near state park kills Missouri RAGBRAI rider". Des Moines Register. Retrieved July 28, 2009.

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