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Oskaloosa - Lake Keomah State Park

2720 Keomah Lane

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).



Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Really enjoyed our stay. The hiking trail around the lake was very diverse and picturesque. Canoeing was real fun. The boat rental lady was awesome! Would definitely recommend.

Steve Jenkinson

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
Very nice park and camping. The only thing is the sink in the men's room still doesn't work it wasn't working in May also and though restrooms are bad they can be better. Handicap shower top shower doesn't work. Changing table in women's or bench would help out ....but will stay again

Jodie Vanessen

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
I used to come here all the time when I was little .... I have seen this place go down hill but I will say that it has gotten much better over this summer and I love taking pictures here (I am a photographer) and the lodge looks great after its updates !!!

George Gaylord

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017
Nice quiet place great trail's and camping area water looked kind scummy.

Matt Shasta

Monday, June 19, 2017
Never saw DNR once. Didn't have any major problems though except people parking vehicles all over the place. Quiet, family environment. The lake was a hot algae mess though...virtually unfishable without a boat.

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