Beed’s Lake State Park is a centerpiece of Franklin County. The park’s beautiful limestone Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) dam is the most photographed dam in the Midwest. Access to the dam is on the east side of the lake. The causeway was originally built to store water for the raceway to the mill, which was located downstream from the current dam.

Beeds Lake State Park has everything one could wish for in a state park and then some. The ‘then some’ includes a causeway that crosses the lake from southeast to northwest and provides more than one-third mile of great shoreline fishing opportunity as well as a convenient pathway for hikers and joggers.

Another focal point of the park which is important to visitors is the unusual 170 foot long spillway of multi-colored stones in horizontal layers that drop abruptly 40 feet to the rock foundation.

Water cascading over the spillway is a beautiful sight. In 1857, William Beed put in the long causeway when he bought the property in 1864. The State of Iowa retained the area for development as a state park in 1934.


Beeds Lake State Park Iowa
1422 165th St, Hampton, IA 50441, United States



4 AM to 10:30 PM.


  • Tent Only – $6 to $10
  • Standard Full Hook-Up – $18 to $22
  • Standard Electric – $12 to $16
  • Shelters – $25
  • Day-use Lodge – $40 to $80

Rates vary per season. Peak season fees have the higher rates. For more info, go here.


Contact Details

Phone: (641) 456-2047

Official Website: Beeds Lake State Park Iowa


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