Beed's Lake State Park covers a total area of 319 acres of land near Hampton City, Franklin County, Iowa. The park was established in 1934 and is under the management of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To get to the main entrance to the park, just travel three miles northwest of Hampton.
Beed's Lake State Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1990 mainly due to the 21 resources that were in the park that included 15 contributing structures, one contributing building, and five non-contributing structures. The park also has a 99-acre reservoir and several other amenities including multi-use trails (two miles), restrooms, 144 campsites, picnic areas, picnic shelters, playground, showers, boat rentals, fishing jetties and docks, swimming beach, boat ramp, and a food concession.
Furthermore, Beed's Lake State Park has two key features that make this park especially enticing for nature lovers. First, along the parks lake/reservoir is an unusual spillway that is 170 feet long that has horizontal layers of limestone rock, abruptly dropping almost 40 feet deep. Secondly, the park has a causeway that crosses the lake, and this provides over a third of a mile of shoreline that is ideal for fishing, hiking, and jogging. This causeway is also near a lodge. Some of the other activities that you can enjoy at this state park include camping, boating, swimming, and snowmobiling.
If you have a dog, you can bring them to the park at no extra cost. If you bring your dog to the park, you must adhere to Iowa state park rules. Some of the rules regarding your dog include the following. First, you must keep your dog contained on a leash no longer than six feet long and always under your supervision. Secondly, you must prevent your dog from wandering around at the park you should confine your dog to pet-friendly designated areas.