About the Iowa Great Lakes

Why Vacation Okoboji? With stunning lakeshores and timeless landmarks, our region boasts a blend of nostalgic treasures and exciting new adventures. Rooted in history yet embracing innovation, we strive to honor our heritage while inspiring future adventure seekers. Explore the Iowa Great Lakes area, collectively referred to as Okoboji, where history, natural beauty, and endless entertainment converge. May your Okoboji vacation be unforgettable, and we eagerly await your return visits!

Nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa, the Iowa Great Lakes boast an impressive array of natural wonders. Over 14,000 years ago, during the Des Moines Ice Lobe's retreat southward in the Late Wisconsin Glaciation period, a geological spectacle unfolded, shaping the landscape with unparalleled beauty and power. Today, these six lakes cover over 12,000 acres, offering nearly 70 miles of picturesque shoreline. Renowned for their diverse game fish species, including walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, bass, perch, crappie, and bluegill, the Iowa Great Lakes are a haven for anglers. Big Spirit Lake reigns as Iowa's largest natural lake, spanning 5,684 acres, while West Lake Okoboji is Iowa's deepest natural lake, fed by springs and plunging to depths of 136 feet. With limitless water recreational opportunities, from boating to sailing to various water sports, this region beckons adventurers of all kinds.

The Iowa Great Lakes community is passionate about water quality issues, helping to preserve the environmental integrity of the area for locals and visitors alike.

Our Lakes

On behalf of our residents, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our beautiful area for your vacation. Our communities are not only great family vacation destinations, they’re also great places to call home. Each provides excellent educational opportunities, quality healthcare, strong governmental services and affordable housing. Local business and residents benefit from the region’s strong economic base and proactive economic development efforts.

Our Communities

Lake Miles of Shoreline Acres Max Depth
West Okoboji 19.80 3,847 136 ft
East Okoboji 17.10 1,835 22 ft
Spirit Lake 15.33 5,684 24 ft
Upper Gar 1.40 37  8.1 ft
Lower Gar 4.90 273 6 ft
Minnewashta 2.30 126 16.5 ft
Center Lake 4.7 263 17 ft
Silver Lake 9.6 1,041 11 ft
TOTAL 70.43 12,843


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