Welcome to Lake Belva Deer
Fish cleaning stations are available at both boat ramps.
The Belva Deer
Recreation Area is the Keokuk County Conservation Board's largest and most
heavily used area. It is located two miles east and two miles north of
Sigourney. Facilities at the 1,669 acre park include eight picnic
shelters, camping areas, showers with flush toilets, eight miles of hiking and
horse trails, seven fishing ponds, and a 260 acre lake. The lake has a
large beach area on the north side of the lake with plenty of space for family
*** The beach at Lake Belva Deer is now
CLOSED for the
*** The equestrian trails are
for the season. ***
are no reservations taken to camp at Lake Belva Deer. Shelters are
$20 to reserve them. We would appreciate a two week notice for
reservations. The shelters are free if no reservation is made.
Reservations can be made by calling 641-622-3757.
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56 modern camping sites include concrete
camping pads, attached concrete picnic
table pad, electricity, water and access
to sewer dump station. Showers and flush toilets are available.
Primitive camping sites are walk-in access only. Sites provide a campfire
grill and picnic table and are in close proximity to pit latrines and water
56 modern sites
$18.00 / night
11 primitive sites
Hunting & Fishing
Belva Deer Lake
has been designed as a high quality fishing lake. With over half the lake
drainage area being owned and managed by Keokuk County, steps have been taken to
insure excellent water quality. many silt ponds were already in place when
water began to fill the lake. At the upper end of the lake a 35-acre
wetland has been constructed to prevent silt from entering the lake.
planning was done to establish underwater structure habitat that provides ample
structure to concentrate the fish for anglers. Hundreds of trees,
culverts, rock piles, and pallet structures are placed in various areas.
Underwater mounds, roadways, trenches, and miles of spawning beds were
constructed to insure excellent fishing
for years to
More than 1,309
acres of Belva Deer is open to public hunting. Species most often pursued
are pheasants, deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey and waterfowl. A mixture of
timber, grassland, and wetland will provide the avid hunter an excellent area to
pursue their favorite game. All public hunting areas are marked with green
signs and all refuge and private property boundaries are posted with yellow