West Lake Okoboji is designated as a ‘high quality recreational water,’ meaning the conditions of its waters must support “direct, prolonged and full body contact recreation such as swimming and water skiing”. West Okoboji is also a drinking water source, and has a special designation as an Outstanding Iowa Water, meaning it exceeds Iowa’s recommended water quality standards and should not be allowed to degrade to the allowable level.
Water quality is determined by water quality monitoring. Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project, (CLAMP) is a volunteer lake monitoring program started in 1999 by Iowa Lakeside Lab and Friends of Lakeside Lab. Volunteers collect water samples throughout the summer on nine lakes in Dickinson County, Iowa. The goal of CLAMP is to provide long term monitoring data for algae conditions and educate local citizens about lake ecology. The Iowa DNR also runs a statewide lake monitoring system.
Lake Protective Associations: