Beeds Lake State Park

Location: Hampton, Iowa

Webpage: Iowa State Park

General Description: Beeds Lake State Park is conveniently located just east of I-35 in north central Iowa.  The dam and spillway for the lake was built by the CCC to provide water storage for the raceway to the downstream mill.  The spillway is one of the most photographed in the state as the water tumbles down a stairstep of limestone rock.  Beed’s Lake is a popular boating location for fishermen where bass can be caught year round.  There is a swimming beach on the south side of the lake along with boat ramp, picnic area, shelter, and lodge.  On the north side of the lake is a campground with electric hookups for RVs.  Other amenities include bathroom/shower facilities, a hiking trail around the lake and dump station.


1) Most of the RV sites are located in between three roads that form a rectangle.  All of the sites are technically pull-through as you parallel park along the road.  Hopefully you will be able to pull straight into your site, as parallel parking a fifth wheel would be a challenge.  Also beware, this arrangement means the electric pedestal in on the wrong side of your rig, so you may need an extension to reach the pedestal.  There are no water hookups, however, there is a water spigot at both ends of each row so filling up the fresh water tank is fairly easy.  There are also back-in sites around the periphery of the rectangle.


2) The bathroom/shower facilities are clean and modern.  There is no check-in location in the park, so be sure to know your site number when you arrive.  There are camp hosts at the back of the campgrounds that were very helpful, as we had to find a place that sold 50 amp extensions.


3)  Very few of the sites have a view of the lake, however, you can hear the water pouring over the spillway throughout the campground.