About Okoboji Area Lakes

Welcome to Okoboji.  We love our lakes and know you will too.  If you are new to the area, here is a bit of information about the lakes

 

4th of July Fireworks on West Okoboji
4th of July Fireworks on West Okoboji

West Lake Okoboji is a natural body of water, one of only 3 blue water lakes in the world,  and the deepest in the Iowa Great Lakes chain.  It is approximately 3,847 acres in area with a maximum depth of 136 feet and an average depth of 39 feet with 19.8 miles of shoreline.  It is surrounded by most all of the towns in the lakes area.  There are natural springs in the Terrace Park area on the south side which help to keep this lake a bit cleaner than the others.  You will find numerous activities to do around West Lake including camping, fishing, boat and wave runner rentals,  parasailing, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, lodging, 4th of July Fireworks and numerous other things.  West Lake is the place to be for fun in the sun!  Homes on West Lake range in price from $500,000 up to $12.8 million.  You can buy on the Harbor or Wahpeton Canals for as little as $195,000 and its just a quick boat ride to West Lake.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Sunset on East Lake Okoboji
Beautiful Sunset on East Lake Okoboji

 

East Lake Okoboji is also a natural body of water, approximately 1,835 acres in area, with 24 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 22 feet, its average depth is 1o feet.  It is bordered by the towns of Arnolds Park, Okoboji, and Spirit Lake.  There are restaurants, playgrounds, marinas, lodging, and camping on East Lake as well as great fishing!  Home prices on East vary from $350,000 up to $1,275,000.  Condos are available for as little as $140,000 with lake access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Spirit Lake Rainbow
Big Spirit Lake Rainbow
Big Spirit Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 5,684 acres in area, with 24 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 24 feet.  This lake is the largest natural lake in the state of Iowa and the northern shore of the lake is very close to the border with Minnesota.   While there is no access to the Okoboji chain of lakes from Big Spirit Lake, it is very popular to people wanting to be on a lake but without the crowding of the Lower chain.  Fishing and boating are the main means of entertainment on Big Spirit but there are also beaches and campgrounds on the shores of the lake.  Homes on Big Spirit are available for between $319,000 and $1,745,000.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking bridge between Lake Minnewashta and Lower Gar
Walking bridge between Lake Minnewashta and Lower Gar

 

Upper Gar, Lower Gar, and Minnewashta Lakes are on the southwestern side of East Okoboji near the cities of Arnolds Park and Milford.  The 3 lakes have 27 miles of combined shoreline and an average depth of 6 feet  They are the smallest and shallowest in the chain of lakes and house a campground and marina.  They are also good fishing lakes since there isn’t a lot of boat traffic.  Homes and condos are also available on these smaller lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

Center Lake is located in Spirit Lake between East and West Okoboji and is secluded from the other lakes.  This lake is a small shallow natural lake of 263 acres with a maximum depth of 17 feet and an average depth of about 12 feet. Center Lake differs from other lakes in the area as 25% of its 4.7 miles of its northwestern shoreline is undeveloped and boasts timber and wetlands.

 

 

 

NextHome At The Lakes

1410 Lake St.

Spirit Lake, IA 51360

712-336-9999