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.
Extensive 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 come.
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 signs.