Electric Fish Barrier Video

The electric fish barrier located at Lower Gar near Milford has prevented Asian Carp from entering our chain of lakes. This invasive species have spread through flooding and other means throughout the years, and pose a definite threat to not only our ecosystem, yet to water recreation due to their ability to jump out of the water.

Bur Oak Blight Video

Bur Oak Blight continues to be an area of focus for your Iowa Great Lakes Association. Listen as our President, Bill VanOrsdel explains the blight as you see the vast expanse of affected trees right in our own backyard. They can be treated, so please visit www.iagreatlakes.org for specialists able to both identify and treat … Read more…

Bur Oak Blight Update

This past Monday an informational meeting was held at Gull Point State Park to discuss Bur Oak Blight (BOB) that is affecting many of the majestic trees in our community. Please click on the link below to read an article published in this week’s Dickinson County News: http://www.dickinsoncountynews.com/story/2343090.html As mentioned in the article, you will … Read more…

Johnson-Ross New IGLA Community Development Manager

Iowa Great Lakes Association President, Bill VanOrsdel, has announced Jen Johnson-Ross as the new Community Development Manager of the association dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing our lakes and environment. A Spirit Lake graduate, Johnson-Ross is a University of Iowa Graduate who possesses degrees in history and political science and certification as a secondary teacher.  … Read more…

ILYA features Okoboji Yacht Club in latest newsletter

Below is an excerpt from July 31st edition of the electronic newsletter of the Inland Lakes Yachting Association called Scowlines. This is the final report for the July 28 – 30 Inland Class X Championship Regatta held at Okoboji. This was a great event with 92 Class X boats participating. A great shot in the arm for … Read more…

T-Shirt Design Winner Announced

The winner of the IGLA T-Shirt Design Contest is Patrick Davison of Ames, Iowa. With 12 designs submitted, it was no easy task for the Iowa Great Lakes Association team to choose a winner, yet in the end it was Patrick’s design that incorporated so many facets of our extraordinary community that won over the committee. … Read more…

IGLA Video: Lower Gar Outlet

Did you know? A little-known area holds significant power in maintaining and preserving the Iowa Great Lakes. Three box culverts at Lower Gar Outlet near Milford have saved Lakes-area residents and businesses from sustaining significant damage when water levels naturally rise and fall. Listen as Iowa Great Lakes Association‬ President, Bill VanOrsdel, explains how our successful … Read more…