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The Iowa Great Lakes

Lake Acres Shoreline Miles Max Depth Average Depth
WEST OKOBOJI 3,847 19.8 136' 38' Ave Depth
EAST  OKOBOJI 1,835 16.8 24' 10'  Ave Depth
BIG SPIRIT LAKE 5,684 15.25 24' 17'  Ave Depth
LITTLE SPIRIT 618 10.1 10' 6'  Ave Depth
MINNEWASHTA 126 2.3 16.5' 10.2 Ave Depth
UPPER GAR 37 1.2 5 ' 3.3 Ave Depth
LOWER GAR 273 1.4 5.6' 3.6'  Ave Depth
CENTER LAKE 272 2.5 15.5' 9.5'  Ave Depth

DICKINSON COUNTY: (POPULATION 16,424)
Known as one of the top Growing, Progressive areas in Iowa, Dickinson County offers a wonderful place to work and live. We have 7 Major Lakes: West Okoboji, East Okoboji, Big Spirit Lake, Little Spirit Lake, Lake Minnewashta, Upper Gar & Lower Gar.  There are many smaller Lakes like Center Lake, Pleasant Lake, Silver Lake and the list goes on!  Lots of Fun Public Beaches, too.  There are approximately 26 International and "home grown" Industries here, providing many great job opportunities. Lakes Regional Health Care is a state of the art Hospital on US Highway 71through Dickinson County. There are four terrific School Systems:  Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Terril and Harris-Lake Park. People travel not only for the Summer Sun to vacation but for our fine dining, shopping areas and attractions.  Come and see what it is all about! 5 Golf Courses in the Area!

SPIRIT LAKE:  (POPULATION - 4261) 
This is Dickinson County's Largest City and is the County seat. We have major industry here like Polaris, Pure Fishing (which is the Fishing Capital of the World) Rosenboom,  etc. We offer great Hospitality with fine Dining, Shopping Centers, Churches, Super Wal-Mart, Arby's, Taco Johns, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Silver & Gold, A Thousand Baskets, Hey Good Cookies, Goodies, Hill Avenue Book Store, City Parks, Cadillac, GM, Toyota, Ford, Car Dealers, Real Estate Offices, and more.  Spirit Lake is proud to have the Bedell Family YMCA which is a fabulous addition to our community with swimming, soccer, exercise programs,  track and a skateboard park! Ice Hockey arena Too!

OKOBOJI:  (POPULATION - 820)
This Community is bordered by East Lake Okoboji on one side and West Lake Okoboji on the other. Some of the Lakes Areas Finest Homes are in this Community. Brooks Golf Course is a major draw with many Homes and Condominiums surrounding it. The Okoboji Summer Theater is here which is "Summer Stock" for Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  Okoboji offers fine dining, Resorts, Marinas and a real Quality of Life.

ARNOLDS PARK:  (POPULATION - 1162)
This is the City of 5 Lakes and our famous "Arnolds Park Amusement Park". It has one of the World's Oldest Wood  Roller Coasters and it's on the list to visit!   Lots of old character is still around with the Central Emporium where Glen Miller used to play along with many other big bands. You can enjoy the Maritime Museum where lots of the Lakes areas artifacts are preserved.  Get on the Queen at the Park and take a ride around West Okoboji and enjoy the beautiful area. The Park is the heart of the activity and night life.  Preservation Plaza (formerly known as the Green Space) at the Park has been the stage for Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Tiny Tim, Chubby Checker, Joe Cocker,  Head East, Everly Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Bobby Vee and many others. 

WEST OKOBOJI CITY:  (POPULATION - 432)
The City of West Okoboji's- Terrace Park Beach - was named one of the Top Sand Beaches in the World in USA Today a few year ago. There isn't much commercial  property in this city, only in Maywood along old Highway 71. The Taco House is one of the oldest continuous running eating places in the Lakes region and is in this City. Many fine Homes are in this area. They do have a town hall on Pocahontas Point.

MILFORD:  (POPULATION - 2474)
This is the Gateway to the Lakes Region and the birth Place of the University of Okoboji at The 3 Sons!! This is a very progressive town which just keeps on growing. They have a Full Main Street and Banks, Industry and housing developments.  Milford School combined with Okoboji  and Arnolds Park to become known as Okoboji School. They have a great school with good athletics, too.  A new Perkins Restaurant opened in Milford in the Spring of 2007!

WAHPETON (POPULATION - 462)
Wahpeton is located on the west side of West Okoboji. It's major attractions are Gull Point State Park, Okoboji Yacht Club, Lakeside Laboratory, 2 Camp Grounds and 3 Church Camps, Fine Dining and many great Lake Front Homes. They have a good quality of life and lots of fish!

LAKE PARK (POPULATION - 1023)
10 minutes west of Spirit Lake is this Charming City that offers a Lake, Industry and a busy little Community where everyone knows your name. You will appreciate their new school. The City has it's own Swimming Pool and have built nice Homes around Silver Lake which is across from the Golf course.

TERRIL (POPULATION - 375)
This nice little Community is the smallest in the County with a good School and a great sports program. It is a bedroom community to the Lakes Region and Spencer, where there is very good house prices. It's a good little community for those who like peace, quiet and very affordable living. 

SPENCER  (POPULATION 11,317)
Spencer is in Clay County but it is just 15 minutes from the Iowa Great Lakes. It offers "city style" shopping, dining,  museums, home of the Clay County Fair. One of the largest county fairs in the United States  The progressive attitude of the community is obvious with it's continued industrial expansion and Main Street Program. A recent addition, the Clay County Regional Events Center, hosts a huge variety of activities from concerts to conventions.

This information though believed accurate is not guaranteed. 2016

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