Oktoberfest Coverage

More than 300 bicyclists enjoyed a Saturday filled with sunshine during the annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Bike Ride. The riders traveled 27.47 miles around West Lake Okoboji with a kick off at Arrowwood in Okoboji.

Center Lake Blue Green Algae Blooms

We’ve received a number of calls regarding a blue green algae (cyanobacteria) die off on Center Lake today (attached photos).  Center Lake has been more prone to these blooms in recent years, and this one is impacting Hayward’s Bay on West Okoboji Lake.  Water entering West O is bluish in color and has probably lowered … Read more

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon!

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon! July 9th, 2011 With lake levels extremely high, flooding all over the Midwest and more rain projected for the summer, IGLA can claim a victory that the two additional box culverts are now installed under 230th Avenue east of Milford. Over the course of the past few years … Read more

New State Law Aims to Slow Spread of Invasive Species

June 6, 2011 Lake Minnetonka Patch Legislation aimed at strengthening Minnesota’s ability to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species was signed into law last week by Gov. Mark Dayton. The new law received bipartisan support in the Legislature. New measures call for more thorough watercraft inspections and stronger regulations to prohibit the transportation of … Read more

West Okoboji, Big Spirit on new impaired waters list

Small streams and some of the most popular destinations in the Iowa Great Lakes found their way on Iowa’s 2010 list of impaired waters, according to John Olson, the DNR’s specialist on water quality assessments. That doesn’t mean swimmers should abandon Emerson Bay, where higher-than-acceptable bacteria levels were once measured on West Lake Okoboji. That … Read more