Iowa Great Lakes

Silver Lake Shoreline

Most of the world equates Iowa with corn fields and election-year Straw Polls and has never heard of Iowa’s Great Lakes. Nestled in the Northwest Region of the state just south of the Minnesota border, the Iowa Great Lakes offer…

Okamanpeedan Lake

Located in Martin County, Minnesota and Emmet County, Iowa, Okamanpeedan Lake is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan is Native American for “nesting place of the herons” signifying the large population of herons that live along the shoreline in the…

Storm Lake

Anchor Sculpture at Storm Lake

Storm Lake is located in Buena Vista County in northern Iowa. At 3,097 acres, the lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the state. On the northern shore of the lake is the town of Storm Lake, a…

Silver Lake IA

Love at First Sight

Silver Lake, a natural glacial lake spanning 1,041 acres, is located in northwestern Iowa bordering the town of Lake Park. It is one of the chain of lakes known as Iowa’s Great Lakes. This multiple-lake area is a favorite vacation…

West Okoboji Lake

Sailing West Lake Okoboji

West Okoboji Lake is one of Iowa’s eight Great Lakes located in Dickinson County. It was named “Minnetonka” by the Sioux Indians meaning “Great Waters.” Subterranean springs provide the lake with 3,847 acres of clear blue water, which has aided…

East Okoboji Lake

East Okoboji Lake is one of a chain of lakes known as Iowa’s Great Lakes. East Okoboji Lake received its unique name from the Dakota Indians. They called it “Okoboozhy”, which means “reeds”, because that is what the lake was…

Spirit Lake IA

Forsters Tern at Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake is one of a chain of lakes known as Iowa’s Great Lakes. Also called Big Spirit Lake, this natural body of water was named by the Dakota Native Americans who believed the lake was guarded by evil spirits.…