Description - "Hey! Come on, we're going out to Geode!" This is repeated time after time in southeast Iowa as families and friends pack picnic baskets and swimsuits and head for a fun day in the sun at one of southeast Iowa's most popular state parks.
The geode stone for which this park is named brings "rock hounds" to the area in search of this elusive prize. A display of geodes, with mysterious crystal formations in their hollow cavities, can be seen at the campground. Please remember that it is illegal to remove geodes and other natural materials from state parks, except for mushrooms, nuts, fruits and berries.
Geode State Park is one of the most scenic and popular picnicking spots in southeast Iowa. Several open picnic shelters are available for group use. These may be reserved for a fee through the park manager. A picnic site accessible to the mobility impaired is available.
There are 186 campsites with enough variety to suit anyone's tastes (96 sites have electricity). There are two modern shower buildings and a sewage dump station in the campground. No reservations are necessary, but campers must obtain a camping permit by self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site. Two camp pads and rest rooms are accessible to the mobility-impaired.
Several hiking trails challenge the outdoor lover at Geode. The main trail starts at the north end of the lake and follows it all the way to the dam. Part of this trail has been developed into a nature trail with a printed brochure identifying points of interest. This trail is accessible from several picnic areas along the lake. Another trail begins at the dam on the west side of the lake and ends at picnic shelter number one.
Lake Activities (boating, fishing)
The prime attraction of the 1,640-acre park is Lake Geode, a 186-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 and tiger muskie.
Burlington is 10 miles east on Hwys. 79 and 34. New London is about six miles north of the park. Just east of New London on U.S. 34, a county road turns south and leads to the main entrance. The park may be reached from Middletown on Iowa Highway 79 or from Lowell on County Road J-20. Denmark and Danville are also close to the park as well as Mount Pleasant.