Okoboji History


Go With the Waves of Okoboji

Grab your beach towel and sunglasses to come explore our Okoboji beaches!  Arnolds Park City Beach Arnolds Park City Beach is in the middle of all the excitement during the Okoboji days. Just next to the bridge on Highway 71, you can walk or drive to the available parking lots after enjoying breakfast at the … Read more

Walleye Season Opens May 6

The 141st walleye fishing season officially opens May 6 at Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji lakes. “Lake temperatures have been on a nice steady rise this spring and if the numbers of walleyes caught in ou r nets this spring are any indication, there should be some great fishing this spring in the Iowa … Read more

Paddling, Pedaling & Yoga: While in Okoboji, just get out and do it!

Okobojians and visitors to the Iowa Great Lakes have always sought the active lifestyle. For decades, water sports have been a way of enjoying the lakes and staying in shape, too. Water skiing is still a staple here, but sometimes takes a back seat these days to the New Wave of wake boarding, wind surfing, … Read more

Yoga: State of Mind & Body

She knew nothing about the power of yoga when she took her first class, but the experience would lead to a life-changing revelation for Janine Gustafson. “I wasn’t a workout person at the time, maybe 15 years ago or so,” Gustafson remembered. “But I heard about this yoga class and, although I had no idea … Read more

Iowa Great Lakes History – The Big Chill

Ice harvesters braved winter’s cruelest elements By Greg Drees In this technologically dominant world, it is difficult to imagine the labor that was once employed to achieve some of the things that we absolutely take for granted today. Take, for instance, back in the days of pre-refrigeration (yes, Gen Xers and Millennials, there were those … Read more

Fall Fishing!

Angling in the Iowa Great Lakes offers diversity. By Greg Drees People are drawn to water magnetically, spiritually. Anglers are among the most ardent to seek lakes of fortune. They come from near and far to the waters of Okoboji, lured by the legend of the fisheries, which are healthy, diverse and full of mystery. … Read more

Biking Goes Bonkers

Spine and loop trails draw cyclists to the lakes By Greg Drees In 1988, a new RISE initiative funded by the Iowa Legislature provided $1 million annually for the development of recreational trails in Iowa. From this start was born the Dickinson County Trails Association (DCTA), which won a grant the following year for $357,121 … Read more

Boji Brewhaha

Craft beer explosion By Greg Drees Just a few short years ago, only a handful of breweries existed in Iowa. Today, as many as 60 such breweries – with their popular taste rooms in tandem – have opened their doors statewide. The Iowa Great Lakes is home to two of them – West O Beer … Read more