Beautification Project Presented

(Okoboji)– Some preliminary plans for the first of what organizers hope will become a three-phase project to beautify and enhance the Highway 71 corridor through the Iowa Great Lakes were unveiled at a public informational meeting Tuesday evening in Okoboji. It’s been dubbed “Imagine Iowa Great Lakes”. The total cost of the first phase, said … Read more

Butch Parks Files Countersuit in East Loch Estates Proposed Development

(Spirit Lake)– A countersuit has now been filed in connection with litigation pertaining to the East Loch Estates development proposed on some 66 acres of land just north of Chalstrom Beach near East Lake Okoboji. The owner of that land, Butch Parks, has filed a lawsuit against a group calling itself “Concerned Citizens of Dickinson … Read more

Dickinson County Supervisors Approve Watershed Agreement

Dickinson County Supervisors County Approve Watershed Agreement Wednesday, November 15, 2017 By Seth Boyes – Staff Writer, Dickinson County News A new water quality organization is making its way onto the agendas of some local governments. An agreement with the Little Sioux Watershed Coalition appeared on the Tuesday agenda of both the Dickinson County Board … Read more

Student Made Sculpture Placed at Junction of Hwys 9/71

Crews on Thursday, November 2 installed a new sculpture welcoming people to the City of Spirit Lake at the intersection of Highways 9 and 71. The stunning welded sculpture was constructed by students in the J-Term program at Spirit Lake High School under the guidance of teacher Brad Travis. What a welcoming sight for residents … Read more

IGLA Board Response to Okoboji Organics Raising Hogs Near Center Lake

Iowa Great Lakes Association approves resolution to protect watershed Local board votes to reaffirm effort to preserve lakes area Spirit Lake, Iowa – Oct. 31, 2017 – Recently, the Iowa Great Lakes Association (IGLA) voted on a resolution reaffirming the original 2008 agreement opposing any concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO), specifically hog confinements, inside a … 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

Population Growth

The Iowa Great Lakes is witnessing population growth. Why? Our magnificent natural resources, cultural opportunities as well as lower property taxes in comparison to neighboring communities.   Support #IGLA‘s efforts in preserving, protecting and enhancing the Iowa Great Lakes and continue to attract new residents and business to our area.

Boz Skaggs – Performing for Clean Water in the Iowa Great Lakes

The Iowa Great Lakes Association is a proud sponsor of the Okoboji Blue Water Festival on Saturday, August 13th along the magnificent shores of West Lake Okoboji on Preservation Plaza.  This world-class performer takes to the stage following a day long festival promoting the protection, preservation and enhancement of the Iowa Great Lakes by not … Read more

IGLA’s Ideas For Kids

We have published a list of activities for the young & young-at-heart! Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Central Emporium, Creative Spirits, Treasure Village, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Bridges Bay… The list goes on.

West Lake Okoboji voted 3rd best recreational lake in the country

A northwest Iowa tourist attraction is drawing accolades from USA Today’s readers. Those readers voted West Lake Okoboji as the third best recreational lake in the country. Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri came out on top, followed by Big Bear Lake in California. West Lake Okoboji even beat out Lake Tahoe and Lake Michigan, … Read more