2303 Lake Road
Bedford, IA 50833
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.
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
Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
A sandy beach area provides swimming fun for everyone. There is a playground
near the beach area plus a sand volley ball court.
There is a concrete
boat ramp near the beach and one in the south camp area. All motor boats
must operate at a no wake speed.
On the north border of the park is a 220 acre public hunting area and
on the south border is a 160 acre public hunting area.
The 85-acre Lake
of Three Fires is nearly a mile long and a half-mile wide, with scenic
inlets ideal for fishing and boating. Surrounding the lake are
691 acres of picturesque woodlands. Although summer is the most popular season,
any nice spring or fall day will draw hundreds of picnickers, hikers, photographers
and fishermen. There are eight miles of marked trails for hikers, horseback
riders, and snowmobilers. Playgrounds are located in the picnic area and
at the beach area. There are horseshoe pitching areas at the beach area near
lodge, the camp area and the picnic area.
The Pottawattomi tribe, a large group of Native Americans known as
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.
Shopping is available three miles south of the park in historic
Bedford. Visit the Taylor County Historical Museum at the west edge of Bedford
2. A beautiful golf course is located on Highway 148 north of Bedford. Bedford
is also known for its antique shops.
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