East Lake Okoboji

East Lake Okoboji is the other natural lake delineating the City of Okoboji’s eastern city limits. East Lake and West Lake Okoboji meet at the Highway 71 viaduct where the cities of Okoboji and Arnolds Park also meet. East Lake is a 1,835-acre lake with an average depth of 10 feet and a maximum depth of 22 feet. Of the 17.1 miles of East Lake shoreline, only 6 percent is state owned and about 85 percent is developed. In 2002, East Lake Okoboji was named the location of Iowa’s newest state park. The Elinor Bedell State Park offers access to fishing from shore, camping, picnicking, and playground facilities. The lake’s watershed is comprised of 12,212 acres or approximately 19 square miles.

The Indians called the lake “Okoboozhy,” and the name is said to mean “Reeds or Rushes,” as they once surrounded the lake. It has the appearance of a river rather than a lake and is the longest natural lake in Iowa.

Boating Map: http://www.watersafetycouncil.org/boatinginfo/Spitit_%20Lake_Boaters_Map_2010.pdf

Contour map: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/fish/maps/EOK30.pdf

Take a virtual boat ride by watching this video.