Parks and Recreation
Pie Reighard - Executive Director
Parks & Recreational Area Information for Keokuk County
Keokuk County Rivers
Three rivers meander through the Keokuk County countryside. The North and South Skunk Rivers flow through the southern portion of the county and the English River runs through the north. The Skunk River gets its name from the translation of its Indian name, Chacauqua, which means skunk. The North Skunk is the smaller of the two forks and has many tributaries from the north. It rises and falls rapidly with the spring melt and rainfall. The South Skunk is much larger than the North. Its southern tributaries are fewer in number. This fork does not rise and fall as rapidly or as often. The two forks meet to form the Skunk River three miles inside the southeast county line.
Chacauqua River Access
The Chacauqua River Access is located 2 miles south of Sigourney on Highway 149. This 3 acre access has a cement boat ramp into the North Skunk River. Ample parking is available as well as a picnic table for the convenience of the user. Primitive camping is allowed at this area. Fishing the North Skunk provides the angler with opportunities for Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and Carp.
Manhattan Bridge Access
This 1 acre access on the South Skunk River is located on county road V5G, 4 miles north of Ollie. A cement boat ramp provides access to the river. Picnic tables and a restroom are provided for the comfort and convenience of the park user. Primitive camping is allowed at this area. Flathead Catfish, Channel Catfish, and Carp are the most sought after fish in the South Skunk River.
Coffman Woods Preserve
This 15 acre tract of timber is located 1 mile north of South English. A picnic shelter and restroom are available for the park user. The majority of this area is undisturbed timber.
Yenruogis County Park
Yenruogis is located two miles north of Sigourney on land that was originally Kaiser Rock Quarry. Yenruogis is managed as a 76 acre multi-use area, so it has a wide variety of facilities and activities to choose from. The central focus of the park is a 10 acre lake. There are three main camping and picnic areas that are equipped with picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. Only primitive camping is allowed at this park. Boats are allowed at this park, however, only electric motors are permitted. Fishing for Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, and Channel Catfish at Yenruogis is a year-round pastime of many county residents. Did you know Yenruogis is Sigourney spelled backwards?