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Lake Belva Deer Park

Lake Belva Deer Park

Pie Reighard - Executive Director

19366 242nd Avenue

PO Box 323

Sigourney, IA 52591

Welcome to Lake Belva Deer Park!

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 gatherings.

 View our Lake Photo Gallery!

 Click here for our Map of Lake Belva Deer!

Best Hikes and Trails in Lake Belva Deer | AllTrails

The beach at Lake Belva Deer is OPEN for the season!

The Equestrian trails are OPEN.


There are no reservations required 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.


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 hydrants.  Campsites are on a first-come first-serve basis.  No reservations are taken.

56 Modern Sites - $20.00 per night
11 Primitive Sites - $12.00 per night

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.