Reighard named new conservation officer

Boaters will encounter a new, yet familiar face on the Iowa Great Lakes this summer. Steve Reighard, a longtime park ranger in the Gull Point State Park Complex, has been selected as a new conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Dickinson County.

Update on the Asian Carp Situation

Mike Hawkins – DNR Fisheries Bureau Biologist – has provided the following information as an update on the Asian Carp situation: Sampling Our staff continue to aggressively sample our lakes and the Little Sioux River for Asian carp. In fact, our team, with help from the Aquatic Invasive Species staff from Boone, electro-fished two stretches … Read more

Arnolds Park Amusement Park opens for 2012 season

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park opened for the 2012 season the weekend of May 19-20. A family fun free night was held Friday, May 18 despite a bit of rainfall, and the annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) Program Day was held on the 19th with students from several regional schools. The amusement park … Read more

Walleye Weekend draws record number of anglers, no tagged fish caught

A record 2,064 anglers registered and took to the Iowa Great Lakes this weekend for the 30th Annual Easter Seals Iowa Great Walleye Weekend, a 36-hour fishing tournament to benefit the Easter Seals of Iowa. This year’s competition featured a record prize of $30,000 for catching one of the six DNR-tagged Walleye released in the area, … Read more

Yesterdays Restaurant opens for the season

One of the official marks that the Okoboji summer season has arrived is the opening of some of our favorite seasonal businesses. Yesterdays, the area’s premier seafood restaurant for more than 25 years, opened its doors for the season on Thursday, April 26. The restaurant is located on Broadway Street in Arnolds Park. Owners Duane … Read more

DNR Issues update on Asian carp situation

Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Management Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, issued an update this week on the Asian carp situation in the Iowa Great Lakes. Following are his findings: The commercial angler has been keeping our office updated on catch each day they work on the area lakes and are required to provide … Read more

Earth Day event celebrates life and impact of Rachel Carson’s work

Supporters of Earth Day and the Dickinson County Nature Center were treated with a special Earth Day event this year as actress and playwright Kaiulani Lee performed her one woman play “A Sense of Wonder” Saturday evening, April 14 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The show was sponsored by the Maser Family Foundation, Wildwood … Read more

Further evidence supports need for electric fish barrier

The discovery of additional silver carp and big head carp in East Lake Okoboji this week is further evidence supporting the need for an electric fish barrier. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued a news release on Wednesday stating that a commercial fishing company caught 55 silver carp and 82 big head carp in … Read more

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