Winter Games go on with events off the ice

Questionable ice conditions did not stop the University of Okoboji Winter Games from hosting a fun-filled weekend Jan. 27-19 in the Iowa Great Lakes. A handful of events were cancelled and a few more were relocated because warm temperatures earlier this winter created unsafe ice conditions on Smith’s Bay – the usual location for most … Read more

Silver Carp Found In Lost Island Lake

An invasive species of carp continues its spread to northwest Iowa lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Silver Carp are now in Lost Island Lake. State fisheries experts confirmed the presence after a commercial fisherman collected several while seining the lake for common carp and buffalo carp. DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins says … Read more

Cougar Shot In SW Minnesota

(Round Lake, Mn.,Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) – An investigation is underway into the shooting of a cougar in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the animal was shot Monday morning in Round Lake Township, just north of the Iowa border. The cougar reportedly weighed 125 pounds and was 74 inches long. Cougars … Read more

Zebra mussel prevention efforts

There is currently an effort in California to develop a statewide program to fight the advance of zebra mussels. A zebra mussel detection dog trainer, Debi DeShon, recently shared this information with Iowa Great Lakes residents. This link will take you to a copy of the resolution by Lake County to declare a state of … Read more

Water Safety & AIS Update

By Phil Petersen Live and learn can best describe our water safety and fighting Aquatic Invasive Species activity this summer. In the spring we learned that the State Game and Fish Protection Fund that holds our Boat Registration user fees had a $38.7M spending cap. While this legislature spending cap had never come into play … Read more

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