The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has closed the gate valve on the Lake Geode Dam. The lake was drawn down in October 2017 as a first step in a large-scale renovation project to improve water quality and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities at Geode State Park. Lake restoration construction work started in January 2018 to stabilize the eroded shoreline, build fishing jetties, add fish habitat structures, regrade slopes around the beach for better drainage and upgrade the beach with new sand. About 200,000 cubic yards of sediment has been removed from the lake. The D.N.R. will restock the lake with bluegills, sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish and black croppie after it has refilled. Final efforts to stabilize the shoreline will be done by barge after the lake refills. The boat ramp/turnaround area adjacent to the beach will be replaced this summer and disturbed areas will be seeded.
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