The town of Armstrong was created when the railroad was being built through the region. The Population of Armstrong is 926 as of the 2010 census. Located in Emmet County this clean small Iowa town offers Country Greens Golf Course and North Union Schools. Celebrate Independence Day and take a walk through the Heritage Museum.
Arnolds Park is in the center of the Iowa Great Lakes resort region. It is home to a historic amusement park, also called Arnolds Park, which features Legend, An ACE Coaster Landmark. Legend, which carried its first riders in 1927, is believed to be the 13th oldest wooden roller coaster in the U.S. In 2012 the amusement park was selected as one of the fifteen best in the Midwest region by Midwest Living magazine.
Other major landmarks of the city include the Central Emporium shopping mall, the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and the Iowa Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame.
Located in Arnolds Park is the Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin Museum, the site of the 1857 "Spirit Lake Massacre", a violent conflict between European settlers and Native Americans. Next to the cabin is Pillsbury Point State Park.
This small town has 128 residents and have just celebrated 130 years of their town’s history. You will have a real sense of community when you become a part of this youthful town. Enjoy summer nights on your neighbors front porch while the kids play in the sprinkler.
Come relax, ski, and fish on Big Spirit Lake. Though not connected to the chain of lakes, Big Spirit provides all the activities you would desire, but without all of the hustle and bustle and traffic. A sign of how popular Big Spirit Lake is to live, is the fact that even though the lake is the largest in the Iowa Great Lakes at over 5600 acres, properties simply do not come on the market as often as some of the othe rlakes. Big Spirit Lake is also the largest natural lake in the state. The lake itself offers 16 miles of shoreline with an average depth of 17 feet. Real Estate on Big Spirit Lake is always dynamic and caters to your pocketbook from a small lake retreat, a large year round home or a low maintenance condo. Summer and winter fishing are always popular in Anglers bay, and Big Spirit provides some of the nicest approaches to the lake anywhere in the county. Land prices on Big Spirit will range from about $6000-$10000 per running lake foot depending on location, depth of lot, and approach to the lake. Big Spirit is also a shallower lake with max depth of only 24 feet and average depth of 17 feet.
Big Spirit Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 5,684 acres (2,300 ha) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes, the northern shore of the lake straddles the border with Minnesota. It is the largest natural lake in Iowa. The Dakotah Indian name for the lake was Minnewaukon. Early French traders named it Lac D' Esprit after the Indian legends of an evil spirit who dwelled in the lake.
Its maximum depth is 24 feet (7.3 m), and the mean depth is 17 feet (5 m). The drainage area of the lake is approximately 22 square miles (57 km²). It has a drainage area of approximately 75 mi² (194 km²), most of which is in Minnesota.
The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region. It contains over 40 species of fish, 13 of which are typically caught. Fishing for walleye and yellow perch is typically done by boat or through the ice. Fishing for bullhead is common from the shore during the spring. A state-operated fish hatchery also provides significant populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie, and bluegill.
There are affordable homes on lakefront property on this 263 acre lake. Enjoy sunsets and beautiful lake views from every angle. Center Lake Drive runs along Center Lake in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Center Lake is a shallow lake great for boating and fishing with an average depth of 12 feet and max depth of 17 feet.. A public park with a playground and shelter house is a nice area for family outings and open kid play. Center Lake is not connected to the other Great Lakes and is located between East Lake and West Lake Okoboji. Land prices per running foot of lakeshore for Center Lake will be roughly $3000-$5000.
Center Lake, for its namesake, is located between the northern halves of West Okoboji and East Okoboji lakes. This lake is a small shallow natural lake of 263 acres with an average depth of nearly 12 feet and a maximum depth of 17 feet. Although the entire eastern and southern shoreline has been developed, public lake access remains good at Center Lake with approximately 25% of its 4.7 miles of its northwestern shoreline as timber and wetlands.
Vacation in Okoboji on beautiful East Okoboji Lake. East Lake Okoboji begins on the north end in Spirit Lake, IA, mere feet from Big Spirit Lake. Visitors often ask the question why Big Spirit is not part of the chain of lakes. The reason is that because of how the lakes were formed, Big Spirit actually sits higher than East Lake, and thus if there were a "canal" dug between Big Spirit and East Lake, Big Spirit Lake would literally drain into East Lake. East Lake covers over 1800 acres of land, has an average depth of 10 ft with maximum depth of 22 ft, far different from West Lake Okoboji. Land on East Lake will run about $4000-$8000 a linear foot depending on location, approach to the lake, etc. Popular areas and attractions on East Lake include Francis Sites, Arthur Heights, East Oaks Estates, Moore Lake Development, Kelly's Beach, Loch Knolls, Pioneer Beach, Bridges Bay, The Barefoot Bar, Parks Marina, Mau Marine, The Ritz, and much, much more. East Lake is known for having fantastic fishing and on it's southern end connects to Upper Gar, and West Lake Okoboji.
The towns of Spirit Lake and Okoboji, founded as European-American settlements in the nineteenth century, sit along its western shore. They became notable after the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, when a renegade band of Sioux attacked the frontier settlements, in part for food, because they were suffering starvation during a severe winter with heavy snows. It was the last Native American attack in Iowa against settlers.
The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region, especially for bullheads.
Emmetsburg is a small town (pop. 3,958) with a big heart. It is small enough so you can know your neighbors, but large enough to offer almost everything you want. Home of Iowa Lakes Community College. Five Island Lake is the center of recreational activities year round.
Many activities are offered for citizens, such as an olympic-sized swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, new wrestling facility, parks, boating, skiing, and fishing, numerous organized activities for youth and adults through the City Recreation Program and the Wellness Center Program. Median house value is $91,000
A great town with everything you need. Spend the day at your choice of 9 city parks, shopping on main street or check out a book at the local library. Population is 6,221 and has a median house value of $78,000.00. The local hospital and women’s clinic is the best around. Estherville is just 10 minutes from the Iowa Great Lakes so you are just a short drive for all the boating and lake fun you can fit into a day.
Everly is a city in Clay County, Iowa, with a population of 604. The Ocheyedan River flows to the south and west of the city. Everly is small in numbers: Great in spirit and unity. A safe community environment for all families. The towns motto is; “proud of our past" " Faith in our future."
Located right on Interstate 90 with access to most major cities, Fairmont is a popular site for recreational activities any season of the year. The city’s population is 10,463 with a median home value of $97,000. If you prefer a stroll down memory lane you will find many sites to visit, such as the Fairmont Opera House, Pioneer Museum, Sisseton Model RR display, Red Rock Center, or Heritage Acres. Our multitude of specialty shops offers a real shopper's paradise.
Fostoria is located just ten minutes from the shores of Lake Okoboji. It is a beautiful area with forest, lakes and much more. Eight miles to the West of Fostoria is Mori Prairie, a protected area of virgin prairie filled with natural beauty. Fostoria has a very nice Shelter House in the City Park and it can be reserved for reunions, birthday parties, picnics, etc.
This affordable small town has 93 residents and the estimated median house value is $65,000. Enjoy summer nights on your neighbors front porch while the kids play in the sprinkler. You will have a real sense of community when you become a part of this youthful town.
This affordable small town has 164 residents and the estimated median house value is $44,000. Enjoy summer nights on your neighbors front porch while the kids play in the sprinkler. You will have a real sense of community when you become a part of this youthful town.
Hartley is a small community with an entertaining atmosphere that attracts young people and families to visit and stay. Hartley builds on its traditional agricultural strengths in diverse and innovative ways and supports and attracts new and diverse technology based businesses. Harley has a population of 1,648 and a median home value of $62,000.
The City of Jackson, Minnesota, is a welcoming community that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle for all ages; that values its youth and that celebrates cultural diversity. The population of Jackson MN is 3,307 with a median home value of $83,000.
Minnewashta Lake was once known as Middle Gar, but changed in the early 1900's to an Indian moniker known as good or nice. Though small at 126 acres, the average depth is a nice 10 feet and maximum depth of 16 feet. When homes on Minnewashta come up for sale, they do not last long. By no surprise have wee seen lakeshore values grow on Minnewashta and lake owners and vacationers enjoy the quaintness of Minnewashta. It is located between Upper and Lower Gar and has outstanding fishing, and is also a lake where skiers and wakeboarders alike enjoy utilizing to stay away from the high traffic. Minnewashta land values are similar to that of East Lake Okoboji from about $4500 to $7000 per running foot of lakeshore.
This lake is the second is a string of three small lakes located on the south edge of East Okoboji Lake eventually leading to the outlet creek of the Iowa Great Lakes. Minnewashta is 126 acres in size with 2.3 miles of shoreline. The Lake is located in the City of Arnolds Park to the south of Okoboji. Highway 71 runs along its Western edge. Average depth of Minnewashta is 10 feet with the deepest point of 16.5 feet. Most anglers fishing Lake Minnewashta are in search of its bass and panfish populations.
Lake Minnewashta connects Upper Gar Lake at the Sawmill Bridge and connects to Lower Gar Lake at the Trails Bridge.
Located just 12 miles from Okoboji, this quaint town offers everything you need; schools, parks, shopping, groceries and outdoor activities. Lake living with a smaller price tag is available on Silver Lake. Enjoy boating and swimming along the banks of this quiet body of water. Affordable housing in Lake Park makes this town popular to live in.
Welcome to the town of Lakefield with friendly people at every corner. With a population of 1,687 you are sure to feel right at home in this little town with a big heart. The median home value is $70,000 and worth every penny to be a part of this pleasant town.
Little Spirit Lake Homes are incredibly affordable lake front properties. Little Spirit’s low approach to the lake lets you enjoy swimming, boating and kayaking. Little Spirit is a quieter less crowded lake but located close to Spirit Lake, Okoboji and all the family activities in Arnolds Park. Prices per running foot of lakeshore on Little Spirit run from about $2000-$4000.
Little Spirit Lake is located to the northwest of Spirit Lake and is considered an Iowa/Minnesota border lake. This means that approximately the southern 40% of the lake is situated in Iowa and the northern 60% is in Minnesota. The lake is 618 acres in size and offers 10.1 miles of shoreline. A shallow lake, Little Spirit is only 6 feet deep on average with its deepest point of 10 feet. Since Little Spirit is a border lake, anglers must comply with Minnesota bag limits and fishing seasons as well as Iowa’s fishing regulations.
Loon Lake is in Jackson County, MN. It attracts fisherman and campers alike. There are many trails in the area that bikers and hikers can enjoy. There several parks that have shelter houses with fire places and electricity.
Lower Gar Lake is the furthest south Lake in the Iowa Great Lakes chain of lakes. Lower Gar Lake is a little off the beaten path for a more secluded feel but very close to everything. Lower Gar is connected to Lake Minnewashta and outlets into the Little Sioux River. Lower Gar is one of the only lakes that does not have any condos on it, but it is ripe for development. Lower Gar has been developed on the furthest south end on Hill Drive and Helen Avenue. The average depthis only 4 feet with a max depth of 6 feet, however in the "canal" area, it is roughly 8 feet. Lower Gar Lakeshore sells for between $2000 and $4000 per running foot of lakeshore.
The southernmost lake in the entire Great Lakes chain, Lower Gar is a large shallow natural lake with the outflow creek existing at the southwest corner of the lake.
Lower Gar Lake has a surface area of 242 acres, a mean depth of 4 feet, and a maximum depth of 6 feet.
Lower Gar does drain a sizable 11,374 acre watershed primarily from the Spring Run wildlife management area. During years with low water levels it can be difficult for boat traffic to navigate the shallow muddy waters.
The lake level has been raised several times, and the current dam, constructed after the flooding in 1993, has substantially stabilized the level of the lake. Most of the Western portion of the Lower Gar Lake is privately owned, and current development on the east and Northeast sides includes housing and a golf course. Its more sheltered location encourages boating and water skiing when wind conditions limit such activities on the larger lakes in the chain.
Home of the Milford Pioneer Days this close knit town specializes in friendliness. Located minutes from all the Iowa Great Lakes fun, the amusement park, shopping and restaurants. This affordable town has 3,000 residents and the estimated median house value is $112,000. Enjoy summer nights on your neighbors front porch while the kids play in the sprinkler. You will have a real sense of community when you become a part of this youthful town.
Ocheyedan is home of "The Mound" that was created by glacial metling. Ocheyedan, like many small Iowa towns, has lost population through the years. It now has a population of 545 residents and a median home value of $46,000, but has been recognized by the state betterment committee for many projects of improvement in business, housing, retirement, recreation, churches, schools and other lines of endeavor.
The City of Okoboji is bordered by West and East Lake. Homeowners and visitors feel the presence of the lakes in almost every direction. Enjoy boating, jet skiing and swimming on this beautiful lake. Well established businesses like retail shops, coffee shops, diners, restaurants, and other commercial establishments rule this vastly populated highway. Most housing developments around this area bring you close to Okoboji Ave by car, foot, bike or boat. The community is home to the Pearson Lakes Art Center, two marinas, a championship golf course and some of the best lodging in northwest Iowa.
Small town with big punch! Located in the tourist area of Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes, Orleans is located on Big Spirit Lake with a population of just 615 it packs a median house value punch of $310,000! Fantastic lake views at every angle. Enjoy a day on the lake or playing at the beach and take an evening boat ride on the smooth waters before relaxing by a lakeside fire.
Whether in Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Arnolds Park, Milford or any part of the Iowa Great Lakes, there are an abundant number of fantastic restaurants to choose from. If you had a little south to Spencer, you have quite a variety as well ranging from the bar-b-que of Gary's on the River to an outstanding salad bar at the Prime Rib. Some of the restauraunts in the Iowa Great Lakes shut down for the winter as traffic dwindles a bit, but those that are left are certainly worth visiting.
Ruthven is a small town of approximately 770 residents. There are 5 lakes located within 10 miles of the community. Ruthven does have its own community school housing; a public park and swimming pool; a public library; its own fire department. Lost Island Lake has a swimming beach, campground, cafe, resorts, public boat launches, and hiking trails.
The City of Sanborn (pop. 331) welcomes you to a small town with community spirit. You are invited to visit our campground from May through October... a campers paradise, bordering the Cottonwood River where your family can enjoy fishing, a large park and play area as well as an updated clean bath house. The park is available for seasonal, weekly or weekend camping. Join us as we celebrate "Watermelon Day's" in July and "Memories of a Home Town Christmas" in December.
Sheldon has always been a really nice place for families. Its wide, inviting neighborhood streets and many recreational facilities welcome children and families seeking a safe, peaceful and comfortable place to play, shop and call home. Its schools and recreational activities provide year-round and life-long learning opportunities for residents of all ages.
Cute town of 1,117 residents and a median home value of $74,000 you will find this small town quite convenient for whatever your needs are. You are able to shop locally and support your home town business.
Affordable lakefront living is available on Silver Lake. Silver Lake, located in the town of Lake Park has everything you are searching for in a lakefront home or vacation getaway. Just 12 miles from Okoboji, Lake Park has a great school, parks, shopping, groceries and outdoor activities. Enjoy boating and swimming along the banks of this quiet body of water. This smaller lake is over 1000 acres large, has a maximum depth of 11 feet, and average of 6. Many people enjoy getting away from the business of the Iowa Great Lakes if they are just searching for a tranquil, peaceful atmosphere with a view and access to the lake. Lake Park is a growing community supported alot by agriculture. Newer developments allow opportunity for affordable lake living at around $2000-$3000 per linear foot, some of the most affordable in Dickinson County.
Silver Lake –
The largest lake in the western third of Dickinson County, Silver Lake is a 141 acre natural lake located along the southwest edge of the City of Lake Park.
Silver Lake has 1,041 acres of water with an average depth of 6 feet and a maximum depth of 11 feet. There are 9.6 miles of shoreline.
The lake is surrounded by timber and marsh, and adjoins Silver Lake Fen.
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Sioux Rapids is hidden in the Iowa hills with 793 residents and is situated in the northern most part of Buena Vista County. This community enjoys a wealth of outdoor opportunities. The Gabrielson County Park located just south of Sioux Rapids, offers Gustafson Lake for fishing, a sandy swimming beach and picnic areas. There is a playground for the children and family activities.
You will remember Spencer as you drive or walk the main road that runs north and south through town. It’s a beautiful street where neighbors make you feel welcome as you are strolling the sidewalks. Spencer has a population of 11,000 residents that enjoy the convenience the town has to offer. Spencer was ranked 10th best place to live in the United States by Relocate-America.com's "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2007.
With over 4,900 year round citizens Spirit Lake offers tons of shopping, restaurants and weeknight entertainment. This quaint small town caters to all personalities. Stop by the art and photo studio, dine at the local Bistro and browse Evan’s clothing shop. Crave a monstrous cinnamon roll at the family diner or grab a coffee and head to the book store. Spend the day shopping locally and enjoying your home town. Real Estate on Big Spirit Lake is always dynamic. Catering to your pocketbook from a small lake retreat, a large year round home or a low maintenance condo. Big Spirit Lake is the largest natural lake in the state and a desired location for a peaceful weekend by the lake. The lake itself offers 16 miles of shoreline with an average depth of 17 feet.
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Upper Gar Lake is connected to Lake Minnewashta and East Lake Okoboji. Known for its 5 mph speed zone, Upper Gar offers boaters a chance to slow down the pace, putz through and enjoy the scenery as much natural shoreline exists here. The living on this lake consists mostly of condos and seasonal homes in areas such as Lakewood Park. The great thing about upper gar is that it still provides you access to all of the other lakes, and you can walk just a few blocks to the Amusement Park and the Emporium. Upper Gar offers the most affordable condo living as well. Condos range from about $200000 to $325000. Single family homes are not abundant and rarely come available.
Upper Gar Lake connects the south bay of East Okoboji Lake to Minnewashta Lake. At 37 acres, Upper Gar is the smallest of the Iowa Great Lakes chain. This lake is basically a shallow channel connecting two larger bodies of water. The average depth of Upper Gar is 3.5 feet, therefore warranting a maximum 5-mph speed limit on the lake. At its Northern end
Upper Gar Lake connects to East Lake Okoboji at the Hinshaw Bridge (near Trigg’s Resort) and at the Southern end it connects to Lake Minnewashta at the Sawmill Bridge. The Gar Lakes were named for their outlet known as Gar Outlet. This was because schools of Gars, a type of fish, were working their way upstream. Originally, there were three lakes known as the Gar lakes, forming a chain about two miles in length, and were called Upper, Middle, and Lower Gar Lakes. Around 1900, the name Middle Gar was changed to “Minnewashta,” which is Dakotah for good or nice.
The City of Wahpeton is a quiet, residential community nestled among the burr oaks on the west side of beautiful West Lake Okoboji. The small town of 346 residents includes Gull Point State Park with campgrounds, picnicking, beach and swimming access, A median home value of a stunning $334,000, this town is lakeside and wooded with all the enjoyment of boating, swimming and fishing from West Lake and the relaxing feel of being on vacation at your doorstep.
Live, play, vacation, whatever...West Lake is the reason for the season. Much history surrounds West Lake, 1 of 3 blue water lakes in the world. With a maximum depth of an astoinishing 136 feet, coverage of over 3800 acres, and average depth of 39 feet, one will rarely find a more inviting and cleaner lake. If you are lucky enough to traverse the waters in March and early April, you would likely be the only boat on the lake providing for awesome views of the lake bottom. In the Winter, you will find that the lake freezes, allowing fishermen to bring their shacks and also allowing the possbility of the University of Okoboji Winter Games. West Lake has fantastic fishing ranging from small pan fish like crappie and blue gill to large game fish such as the muskie. Land prices on West Lake were at a high in the mid 2000's prior to the economic collapse, and they have slowly crepped up to a range of $10000-$17000 a linear foot. This is fairly subjective depending on location, approach, depth of lot etc. West Lake is also known for a number of families with long and rich heritages having passed their cottage down from generation to generation. Come ski, swim, parasail, fish, or just lay an anchor. You are sure to enjoy.
West Okoboji Lake (sometimes known as West Lake Okoboji) is a natural body of water, approximately 3,847 acres (15.57 km2) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. The area was long inhabited by the Santee or Dakota Sioux. The Dakota-language name for the lake was Minnetonka, meaning "great waters".
The cities of Arnolds Park, Okoboji, West Okoboji, and Wahpeton sit on its shore. Okoboji was derived from the Dakota name for the lake, and Wahpeton was the name of one of the major historic Sioux bands in the nineteenth century. Today the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux are a federally recognized tribe.
VACATION OKOBOJI! The West Okoboji lifestyle tends to be a casual one in the spring and summer months when visitors to the area begin arriving to enjoy lake activities and the local events. Family reunions and fun BBQ gatherings are a familiar and enjoyable way to spend lazy days on the lake. Water sports on West Lake Okoboji range from sailing to scuba diving and from swimming to water skiing. Sandy beaches invite all to spend lazy afternoons by the shore and in the swimming areas. For the more daring, wind surfing and para-sailing provide more opportunities for excitement. The lake's maximum depth is 136 feet, making it the deepest lake in Iowa and second in size only to Spirit Lake.
With a large population and affordable housing market, Worthington is a desirable town to live, work and play. Worthington also boasts an excellent school system and technical college, two clinics, and a hospital. And don't forget the various recreation activities that including bike paths around Lake Okabena, nineteen city parks and a disc golf course. There is also art and entertainment shows, plus many festivals.