Each year FOS works with Shimek DNR staff to provide an education day about Shimek Forest, its resources and how it is managed. This year, the program steps out---all the way to Keosauqua.
Come learn more about Lacey-Keosauqua State Park and about the Keosauqua Unit of Shimek State Forest. Meet at the Lacey-Keosauqua Park Lodge (pictured below).
Coffee and snacks at 8:30 am. Explore the lodge and visit with friends. The program begins at 9:00AM. Presenter Justin Lynton is the DNR Technician for both Shimek State Forest and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park. After a brief introduction to the park, we will take a hike along the Des Moines River trail down the hill to Ely Ford, with discussion along the way of the sites there, including the Indian Mounds.
On returning to the Lodge, the trail head for Shimek State Forest's Keosauqua Unit will be identified and the CCC statue and other features of Lacey Park discussed. Program completed about 11 AM.
Dress to be outdoors that morning. Free to all. All ages welcome. If you have any questions, Justin can be reached at 319-931-9566 or you can e-mail FOShimek@gmail.com.
|Lacey-Keosauqua Lodge at Ivy Trail entrance --photo from the Friends of Lacey website|
Here is a map that might help you locate the Lodge if you are not familiar with Lacey. Google map or other electronic mapping will take you to the Park Entrance at Keosauqua where you can drive through the park as shown or you can enter by taking J40 to Ivy Trail and just as you go into the park, you will be at the Lodge.