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Lake of Three Fires State Park
Lake of Three Fires State Park
2303 Highway 49
Bedford, Iowa   50833

Phone: 712-523-2700
Reservations: 712-523-2700
Lake of Three Fires State Park

Lake of Three Fires State Park

Lake of Three Fires State Park

Lake of Three Fires State Park

History of the Area
The Pottawattomi tribe, a large group of Native Americans known as the "Fire Nation," once roamed the prairies of southern Iowa. According to legend, two other tribes joined the Pottawattomi to form a loose confederacy known as "Three Fires." It is believed the three tribes held a great council meeting to join forces for protection against invading tribes. Runners were sent to wandering Indian nations to tell of the great rendezvous. Smoke from three fires signaled the exact location. The fires were built atop the highest hills so smoke could be seen from any direction. One such point overlooked the valley now covered by the waters of Lake of Three Fires. Three fires were kept burning as long as the three tribes joined together. If any of the fires went out it meant the tribes had left the area to continue on their own. Lake of Three Fires State Park was dedicated in 1935.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Lake of Three Fires is a fine place for a family vacation at an economical cost! The modern cabins will comfortably accommodate four persons each. They are heated, cooled, and equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and cooktop stove. Renters must provide bedding, towels, cooking and eating utensils. The cabins can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS. For more background information on the the park reservation system click here. Showers may be taken in the nearby camp areas.
Two modern campgrounds located a short distance from the lake provide 140 campsites (30 with electrical hookups), restroom, shower facilities and a trailer dump station. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There is also an equestrian campground that provides 22 camp sites, 8 with electrical hookups. In addition, there are 15 holding pens.
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A large picnic area with tables and grills is nestled under trees close to the lakeshore. Two open picnic shelters may be reserved for a fee through the park office. One shelter has electricity, tables and running water. There is a playground nearby.

A renovated lodge near the beach can be rented for a fee on a reservation basis for day use only.
The park contains eight miles of marked trails for hikers, horseback riders and snowmobiles. Lake of Three Fires is one of southwest Iowa's most scenic parks and the trails provide great opportunities to experience its beauty year round.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 16 My time as a kid by jgwatson
my parents and me and sis went here at the time for camping. I now this park like be back of my hand. Always had the best time. Will be coming back with my kids.
October 17 Horse riding by Jesse
My horse & I had so much fun on the trails that we are sure to visit again. We were able to see many, many deer within yards from them, & beautiful birds. The only thing I will warn, is that if your horse is tender footed, make sure you have horse boots, because in order to keep the trails from eroding gravel is put down in some areas.
August 12 family time by dad was the hero
My family and I recently camped for 7 days in one of the three fires cabins. It was a great experience. My wife and I have 2 grade school boys and the cabin was perfect. The fishing was great the trails were enjoyable the beech was fun and the grill and camp fire ring were both of great quality and made outdoor cooking a breeze. Bedford is a small town that is friendly and has a nice community pool. It has everything we needed other than fishing supplies you will need to stock up before you come. We will definitely rent the cabins again.
June 17 A place to build memories by Pat Hendren
During the 70s and 80s, my family would rent a cabin every summer. 30 years later, we rent all 6 with kids and grandkids coming from all over the U.S. We sit around the fire and remember the old times, and build new memories. The DNR staff at LoTF has always been outstanding. The little things they do make your stay a joy.
February 23 Park well maintained
Spent two full weekends, first in May then in August. Both trips we witness the DNR mowing, dumping trash and cleaning. This park is very enjoyable and we will return again and again. The outstanding fishing is only a bonus.
September 21 Great State Park!
We stayed there 2 Septembers ago & loved it! We are hoping to stop there the first of October again. We are from Wyoming.
August 26 wildlife paradise
eagles flying in the morning and evenings, deer-lots of deer, ducks, and geese very plentyful

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Lake of Three Fires State Park
Lake of Three Fires State Park