An Iowa Lake That Disappeared For 4 Years Is Back And Better Than Ever

Geode State Park was a place where people canoed and kayaked, cast for fish and skipped rocks. It had a soft sand swimming beach. It was an oasis. That is, until four years ago when the lake was drained as part of a restoration project to improve the health of the waters. The once scenic lake became a bleak landscape of mudflats. Now the waters are returning, and a few surprises coming to this little lake. Read on to learn more about these waters that are finding a second act.

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Geode State Park is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It’s named for Iowa’s state rock, the Geode. Here are some photos of what the lake looked like before it was drained.

Address: Geode Lake, Iowa 52623, USA