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The Iowa Great Lakes: Okoboji
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The Iowa Great Lakes: Okoboji

If you enjoy the great outdoors, your Iowa getaway would not be complete without a visit to the Iowa Great Lakes, in particular Okoboji.  Set in glorious countryside the glacier-riven lakes extend to the southwest from the Minnesota border and cover around 15,000 acres.


Fed by a natural spring and a stunning shade of blue, Okoboji is the centerpiece of the chain of six Great Lakes.  The lake is 134 feet deep and provides visitors and locals with a wonderful playground, whatever the time of year you choose to visit.

Water sports

As you’d expect, Okoboji is great for those who enjoy indulging in fun on and in the water.  The list of activities is seemingly endless: boating, swimming, fishing, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding are all on offer.  For those who enjoy having fun underwater, diving is also available.

On dry land

If you would prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, there are plenty of other options to explore.  If you’re feeling energetic, check out one of the eight golf courses, play tennis, go biking, rollerblading or jogging – with 20 plus miles of hard-surfaced trails to explore, there’s plenty of space!

If you like to spend your outdoor time a little more quietly, there are lots of picnic spots and campgrounds in which to relax, whilst the kids check out the amusement park, mini-golf and go-cart race track.

Arts, culture and dining

Okoboji and its surrounding communities have plenty of diversions from the outdoors with a lively calendar of events.  There are movie theaters, the summer-stock playhouse, art galleries and museums to explore, and there’s live music too.  If you fancy a pleasant afternoon window shopping, you can browse among clothes, books, linens and antiques.  There is also a wide range of restaurants offering something to suit everyone.

Image sourceFlickr Creative Commons



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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Thanks for the great post! We shared it on our spring Pinterest board here:
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