Please contact your legislators

We need friends of the lakes to contact their Iowa Representatives to encourage them to support a $200K appropriation for the electric fish barrier in SF-2316 that has already been approved by the Senate. The lakes area legislators – Senator David Johnson along with Representative Jeff Smith and John Wittneben – fully support an appropriation, … Read more

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