Advance campsite reservations can be booked for Lick Creek through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self registration on a first come first-serve basis. See maps for campground and trail locations. The Farmington Unit contains Bitternut Lake campground with 8 sites, available on a first come first-serve policy, and a boat ramp. The Farmington Unit also has Black Oak Lake with a handicapped accessible picnic area, fishing dock, parking area and restrooms. There is walk-in fishing access at White Oak Lake, also on the Farmington Unit. The unit has 18.9 miles of hiking trails. The Donnellson Unit contains the White Oak campground with 11 sites, available on a first come first-serve policy. A boat ramp and a walk-in campsite is located at Shagbark Lake. The Donnellson Unit has a nature trail, 2 picnic areas and 6.2 miles of hiking trails. The 4 lakes in the Farmington and Donnellson Units are stocked with bass, channel catfish and panfish. The Lick Creek Unit contains two equestrian campgrounds, one with 11 sites and the other with 24 sites. There are 25 miles of equestrian trails on the Lick Creek Unit. Equestrian facilities include hitching rails, pit toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, gravel parking pads, a water hydrant and shade for horses. There are stalls for overnight stabling. A day-use area, next to the upper equestrian campground, is provided for those not camping. The Keosauqua Unit has 7.7 miles of hiking trails. The entire forest is open to hunting (except camping areas), and hiking. For more information call 319/878-3811 or write Shimek State Forest, 33653 Route J56 Farmington, Iowa 52626. E-mail Area Forester John Byrd at Shimek State Forest is comprised of the following units. * Farmington 2,207 acres * Lick Creek 2,866 acres * Donnellson 1,330 acres * Croton 1,827 acres * Keosauqua 918 acres * Total 9,148 acres

This was a bad trail, poorly marked and the trail was not taken care of. It was overgrown and there were other pathways that were not on the map which contributed to my group getting lost. I will not be coming back.