Supervisors approve funds for fish barrier

(From Explore Okoboji – March 20, 2012 – Spirit Lake)– The Dickinson county board of supervisors voted four-to-one in favor of the county contributing $50,000 toward the estimated $700,000 total cost of installing an electric fish barrier on or near the weir at the Lower Gar Outlet. Proponents of the project say it would hopefully … Read more

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.