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Lake Orient Recreation Area

Camping Camping at Lake Orient Recreation Area
The Lake Orient campground has 22 spacious and level campsites that are close to the lake.  The campground is located on the north side of the lake.  Each trailer campsite has 30- and 50- amp electric services.  Shared water hookups are also available at each site.  One boat dock is provided in the campground.  A modern restroom/shower house is available to campers May - September.   Camping at Lake Orient is available on a first come, first served basis.  We do not accept reservations.  If you have questions about availability you may call the Adair County Conservation Board at (641) 743-6450 for information.  Fees are collected  through a self-registration station in the campground.  Maximum stay at any campsite is two weeks.  For a longer visit, campers may relocate to a different campsite. The Conservation Board maintains a camper dump station in the nearby town of Orient.  The fee to use the dump station is $3.00.  
Fishing Fishing at Lake Orient Recreation Area
  • 24 acre lake
  • boat ramp
  • electric motor only
  • Lake Orient provides excellent fishing year round. There is one paved boat ramp and two docks to make your fishing time more enjoyable. Lake Orient has largemouth bass, catfish, walleye, bluegill, crappie, and grass carp. 

  • 1n 20​1​6 Lake Orient has a high population of 1​6 to 19 inch channel catfish.

    2016 net survey found  a good population of 9 to 10 inch black crappie.

    2016 net survey found a good population of 7 to 7 1/2 bluegill.

    •  Daily limits for Adair County Public Lakes:

Largemouth bass - 3
Walleye - 5
Channel catfish – 8
crappie- 25


  • The minimum length on bass in all Adair County public lakes is 15 inches. State law requires the immediate release of all bass under 15 inches.  The Conservation Board encourages the release of all walleye under 15 inches.




Historic Visits Historic Visits at Lake Orient Recreation Area

The Henry A Wallace historic marker was erected at Lake Orient in 1976 in honor of Henry Agard Wallace.

Henry Agard Wallace (October 7, 1888–November 18, 1965) was the 33rd Vice President of the United States.

Wallace was born on a farm near Orient, Adair County, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State College at Ames in 1910. He served on the editorial staff of Wallace's Farmer in Des Moines, Iowa from 1910 to 1924 and was editor from 1924 to 1929. He experimented with breeding high-yielding strains of corn (maize), and was the author of many publications on agriculture. In 1915 he devised the first corn-hog ratio charts indicating probable course of markets. The company he founded during this time is now known as Pioneer Hi-Bred, and is among the most profitable agriculture corporations in the United States today.

In 1933, Wallace was appointed United States Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He had been a liberal Republican but supported Roosevelt's New Deal and soon switched to the Democratic Party. Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture until September 1940, when he resigned, having been nominated for Vice President. He was elected in November 1940 as Vice President on the Democratic ticket with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was inaugurated January 20, 1941, for the term ending January 20, 1945.

Wallace was bumped from the Democratic ticket in 1944, largely due to party concerns over FDR's failing health and Wallace's perceived ultra-liberal viewpoints. The party would go on to nominate Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman. Roosevelt placated Wallace by appointing him Secretary of Commerce, where Wallace served from March 1945 to September 1946.

Following his term as Secretary of Commerce, Wallace became the editor of The New Republic magazine, using his position to vociferously criticize Truman's foreign policy. He left that position in 1948 to make an unsuccessful run as a Progressive Party candidate in the 1948 U.S. presidential election.

Wallace resumed his farming interests, and was a resident of South Salem, New York. During his later years he was responsible for a number of advances in the field of agricultural science. Among his many accomplishments was a breed of chicken that at one point accounted for the overwhelming majority of all egg-laying chickens sold across the globe. He died in Danbury, Connecticut. His remains were cremated at Grace Cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the ashes interred in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.  

 Henry A Wallace Life Center