REAP In Your Region: Geode State Park, Flint River Trail and more in southeast Iowa

By Haley Hodges on October 14, 2017 in Blog

For the next six weeks, INHF will be sharing the impact Iowa's REAP program has in communities throughout the state. The Iowa DNR is hosting regional REAP Assemblies until Oct. 26, local meetings that allow residents to learn more about REAP and play a role in the programs policies and projects. Find the full REAP Assembly schedule here. 

REAP in your region 16

Region 16

Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties

REAP Assembly – Burlington
Oct. 17, 2017 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Starr’s Cave Nature Center (11627 Starr’s Cave Road, Burlington, IA 52601)

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Photo by Iowa DNR


Geode State Park

Geode State Park is quite literally a jewel. Named after the large, crystallized volcanic geode rock found on the land, Geode State Park is located in the southeast corner of Iowa. Lake Geode covers the midsection of the park and attracts many fishers, swimmers, and boaters. The Skunk River flows to the south of the park, where some of the very first Iowan settlers came to make the land their home. Geode State Park is a highly developed, quality recreational source for Iowans to enjoy. The park is great for hiking, camping, lake activities and the Southeast Iowa Bike Route, a 46-mile route that connects Lacey Keosaqua State Park and Geode State Park. The trail is mostly rolling hills through fields and lush prairies. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) protects Geode State Park because of its historical significance and worthiness of preservation.

REAP funding for this project: $538,254 

Region 16

Total REAP investment in Region 16: $9,179,882


Des Moines countyHenry CountyLee CountyLouisa County