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Lake Keomah State Park
Lake Keomah State Park © Carol (vanhookc) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Lake Keomah State Park © Carol (vanhookc) / CC BY-SA 2.0
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2720 Keomah Lane
Oskaloosa, Iowa   52577

Phone: 641-673-6975
Reservations: 641-673-6975
Email: park email button icon
Lake Keomah State Park is 366 acres of beautiful woods and water. Lovely shaded picnic areas are nestled between the arms of the 83 acre man-made lake.

During the summer the open water, grasslands, deep woods and marshy areas provide habitat for all types of wildlife. Hikers along the park's scenic hiking and nature trails may catch a glimpse of bullfrogs blowing and puffing bass solos, a great blue heron wading the shallows in search of minnows, or a covey of quail rising at the approach of human footsteps. In the fall, the lake is surrounded by a mass of color from a variety of trees and shrubs.

"Keomah" may sound like an Indian name, but it is not. The name is derived from the first syllables of the two counties that helped finance the park over 50 years ago --Keokuk and Mahaska. A portion of the south side of the lake was reserved for private development and many homes dot this side of the lake. The park was dedicated in 1934. Many of its facilities were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
The campground has 65 campsites (41 with electrical hookups), modern showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Group Camping:

Lake Keomah also has a dining/rest room building available on a reservation basis to organized groups. Camping for group members is allowed nearby. See the document Group Camp Rental Reservation for specifics on reservation policy and specific rates, damage deposits and reservation deposits.

Spring and summer fishing for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish is excellent. Ice fishing is popular in winter. A fishing jetty is available on the west shoreline and is accessible to persons of varying abilities.

Lake Keomah State Park is located near Oskaloosa

A lodge is available on a reservation only basis. It is an ideal place for special events such as wedding receptions or family reunions. Contact the park office to make a reservation.

Lake Keomah's scenic beauty has long made it a very popular picnic spot. Open picnic shelters may be reserved for a fee through the park office.
The park's wooded terrain provides great hiking year-round. There is a multi-use trail which runs along the lake shore. In winter, snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 13 A forgotten Gem right here at home! by Oskaloosa Citizen
park review stars; one to five Some times I think people of Oskaloosa forget about Lake Keomah. It has a nice campground, newer shower houses, hiking trails, and descent fishing. So next time you go camping save some gas and remember what is in your own back yard, Lake Keomah.
July 8 swimming by Dee
park review stars; one to five The swimming area is Not usable. It smells like sewage. We do like the camping grounds.
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