Lake of Three Fires State Park Maps

Bedford, IA

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Lake of Three Fires State Park Description

The Pottawattomi tribe, a large group of Native Americans known as the "Fire Nation," once roamed the prairies of southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. According to legend, two other tribes joined the Pottawattomi to form a loose confederacy known as "Three Fires." It is believed the three tribes held a great council meeting to join forces for protection against invading tribes. Runners were sent to wandering Indian nations to tell of the great rendezvous. Smoke from three fires signaled the exact location. The fires were built atop the highest hills so smoke could be seen from any direction.

: 40.719, -94.692
: 776 acres (3.14 km²)
Official Link
: Lake of Three Fires State Park

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