SF2312 Threatens Environmental Groups & Landowners

Many must have been wondering whether there was something in Iowa’s water on March 4, 2019. That morning, thousands of Iowans from all corners of the state and with little notice, moved and spoke as one. In the weeks prior, email accounts, text messages, and social media were buzzing with rumors of a concerning proposal … Read more

DNR Updates Impaired Waterways List

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on its updated lists of Iowa’s impaired waterways, including several bodies of water within Dickinson County. Emerson Bay, West Lake Okoboji Lower Gar Center Lake Diamond Lake Little Spirit Lake Pleasant Lake Little Swan Lake Silver Lake Little Sioux River Prairie Lake   Both Marble Lake … Read more

IGLA Donates to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

IGLA started 2022 with a $30,000 contribution to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation [INHF] helping to purchase the 50-acre Bedell property and its 2000 feet of pristine East Lake Okoboji shoreline. Adjacent to Elinor Bedell State Park, the 50-acre tract will never be threatened by development, thus preventing the installation of potentially 200 boat slips … Read more

High Water – A Study Initiated by IGLA

The waters of the Iowa Great Lakes may be frozen now, but they were high enough to all but halt boat traffic five months ago. And while wave and erosion control are on the back burner this winter, the Iowa Great Lakes Association is taking the first steps to get a scientific handle on the … Read more

IGLA Engages University of Iowa in Flood Analysis

IGLA (Iowa Great Lakes Association) and Clary Lake Service was honored to bring the world renowned hydrologist, Dr. Larry Weber and his colleagues working to evaluate the Iowa Great Lakes Area Watershed, to a packed house at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center at Okoboji. This study will take approximately 6-months to complete and findings will … Read more

Invasive Species Education

Community Development Manager, Jen Johnson-Ross, spent an entire day working with Spirit Lake 4th grade students discussing invasive species. This great group of kids learned about zebra mussels, curly leaf pondweed and Asian carp.

A Decade of IGLA

Your Iowa Great Lakes Association celebrates our 10 year anniversary in 2018. Below is an article from the Fall edition of Okoboji Magazine in which you will learn the history of and vision for our nonprofit association. Email okoboji@iowainformation.com if you would like to subscribe to this publication celebrating this extraordinary place we call home. … Read more

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

DNR Holds Meeting to Address Improvements Made At Area Campgrounds & Parks

Parks personnel with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosted a public informational meeting Thursday evening on various improvements either currently underway or that soon will be getting started at several state parks in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. They include the removal of an existing restroom and replacing it with a new one along … Read more