Emergency No Wake Zone

Emergency 600-foot 5 mph/No-Wake rule now in effect for some lakes in Dickinson County On June 26, 2018, the level of East & West Lake Okoboji rose above 6.05 feet on the USGS Gauging Station. Per the Dickinson County Emergency Management Commission’s No-Wake Policy, the 300-foot no-wake (5 mph) zone (established by Iowa law) is … Read more

Restore the Park update 2018

The 2nd phase of the Restore the Park campaign is nearing completion. This video showcases the updates made to the crown jewel of the Iowa Great Lakes- the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. The Iowa Great Lakes, commonly referred to as “Okoboji”, is Iowa’s #1 vacation destination. Nestled in a farming community in NW Iowa, glacial … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed Update

From the Sioux City Journal…. OKOBOJI, Iowa — Vacationeers returning to Okoboji this weekend again have been greeted by an invasive weed that threatens to curtail boating, fishing and other activities on some of the Iowa Great Lakes. The later than usual thawing of ice in the Dickinson County lakes delayed the blooming of curlyleaf … Read more

Beautification Project Presented

(Okoboji)– Some preliminary plans for the first of what organizers hope will become a three-phase project to beautify and enhance the Highway 71 corridor through the Iowa Great Lakes were unveiled at a public informational meeting Tuesday evening in Okoboji. It’s been dubbed “Imagine Iowa Great Lakes”. The total cost of the first phase, said … Read more

IGLA Donation to Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue

IGLA Executive Director Phil Petersen presents APO Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Hawkins with a check for $100 in support of the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fore & Rescue Department’s Annual Pancake Fundraiser. APO Fire & Rescue was established as a joint department in 2000 with services including: fire protection to the cities of Arnolds Park & … Read more

April 30th & The Iowa Great Lakes Are ICE FREE!

Monday, April 30th’s morning thunderstorm took out what ice was left in the Iowa Great Lakes. Kirk Ewen of Arnolds Park keeps track of the official freeze-thaw dates of the lakes. He told KUOO News the ice went out of East Lake Okoboji Sunday (April 29th) and this morning (Mon., April 30th) on West Lake … Read more

Okoboji Foundation Welcomes New President

The Iowa Great Lakes Association welcomes Rob Waterhouse as the new President of the Okoboji Foundation. A lakes area philanthropical organization has a new leader. The Okoboji Foundation announced this (Mon.) morning the hiring of Rob Waterhouse as its new President. Polly Peterson, Okoboji Foundation Board Chair, says Waterhouse has a strong background in non-profit … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed in 2018

(Orleans)– Officials say it isn’t a question IF curly leaf pond weed will be back in some of the Iowa Great Lakes this coming season, but how bad it will be. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news they know for a fact it’s already growing under … Read more