About Lake Ahquabi State Park & Beach
Lake Ahquabi State Park & Beach
Welcome to Lake Ahquabi State Park & Beach, a cherished oasis nestled in the heart of south-central Iowa. Our park, dedicated in 1936, holds a rich history and a deep connection to the land it inhabits. The name "Ahquabi" itself derives from the Sauk and Fox word meaning "resting place," a fitting tribute to the serene environment we offer for visitors seeking solace and rejuvenation.
During the challenging times of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) left an enduring mark on Lake Ahquabi. The stone lodge and picturesque picnic shelters, which still stand proudly today, are a testament to their dedication and craftsmanship. These structures, along with the park's other amenities, have become integral parts of the Lake Ahquabi experience, providing a blend of historical charm and modern convenience.
Nestled along the tranquil waters of Lake Ahquabi is a sandy beach that beckons visitors to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Whether basking in the warmth of the sun, gliding along the shore in a kayak, or meandering through our scenic trails, Lake Ahquabi State Park & Beach invites you to embrace the natural beauty that surrounds you. Join us in this idyllic setting, where the echoes of the past resonate harmoniously with the present, creating an atmosphere of relaxation and connection with nature.