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Camping at Lake Ahquabi State Park

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Overview of Lake Ahquabi State Park

Lake Ahquabi State Park, situated in Warren County, Iowa, offers a peaceful retreat for campers, hikers, anglers, and nature enthusiasts. The park’s central feature is Lake Ahquabi, a 115-acre reservoir that invites a wide range of water activities, including fishing, boating, and swimming.

Camping Information

Campsites: The park provides a variety of camping options, including:

  • Electric sites: Equipped with electrical hookups for RVs and trailers.
  • Non-electric sites: Ideal for tent camping, providing a more rustic experience.

Campers have access to modern restrooms, showers, and a dump station for convenience.

Reservations: Reservations for campsites can be made up to three months in advance through the online reservation system for Iowa state parks. Some sites are also kept available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Campground Amenities:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings
  • Playgrounds for children
  • Nearby trails for hiking and exploration


Boating: Lake Ahquabi offers boating opportunities with the provision of a boat ramp. Motorized boats are allowed with some horsepower restrictions to maintain a tranquil environment.

Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing for species like bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and catfish. A valid Iowa fishing license is required.

Swimming: The park features a designated beach area for swimming. However, be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.

Trails: Several miles of trails surround Lake Ahquabi, suitable for hiking and nature walks. These trails let you explore the park's varied ecosystems and observe local wildlife.

Picnicking: The park offers picnicking spots with tables and grills, perfect for family outings and gatherings.

Park Rules and Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash and supervised.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all state parks and recreation areas unless otherwise designated.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours typically from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive species, the importation of firewood from outside sources is generally discouraged or regulated. Purchase firewood locally or gather it at the park if allowed.

Contact and Emergency Information

Before heading to Lake Ahquabi State Park, it's a good idea to check the latest updates, advisories, or weather conditions by contacting the park directly or visiting the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website. In case of emergencies, park visitors should call 911 and be prepared to provide the specific location within the park to ensure prompt response from emergency services.

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