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Beeds Lake Restoration Run 5K 2010

Distance: 3.10 miles / 4.98 km
Location: Start: Beeds Lake Lodge
Beeds Lake State Park - Hampton, IA, US
Attributes: loop, all flat, roads
Description: The 2010 Beeds Lake 5K Restoration Walk/Run begins in the parking area just east of the park entrance on an asphalt surface under a canopy of Redbud, Hawthorn and Ash. Heading west toward the Silt Dam parking area. The route to the turn around and back is about 1 mile and protected by mature Oak and Cottonwood making for comfortable running even on very breezy days. The Silt Pond Loop provides a nice view of the west end of the lake. On returning to the park entrance, leave the park and go east on 165th St. past the Rangers residence and the campground entrance where the road becomes Beeds Lake Road. Follow the curve of the road around the east end of the lake. Here a gentle down hill slope ends at the bridge over Spring Creek and a gentle up hill slope will end at the Spillway parking area. Enter the parking area and keeping to the left go south to the top of the berm via the Handicap Parking Access. At the top of the grass covered berm turn north. The trail is a combination of gravel and grass along the mile north shore of the lake. The trail is mostly tree lined but still provides nice views of the lake. At the causeway parking area, near the west end of the lake, turn south and cross the lake on the grass covered causeway. The 1/3rd mile long causeway is unprotected from wind or sun but the views from here are great! The finish line is at the jetty on the causeway. This route is beautiful, especially the colors of spring and fall. The mostly shaded roads and trails make for comfortable running even in the heat of the summer and if you enjoy the crispness and solitude of a winter walk the scenery can be spectacular, leaving you mentally and physically "restored" any time of year.
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Added by David Heyden on 2/13/2010
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