Many interesting historical sites preserve the pioneer heritage of the Iowa-Minnesota frontier. A county museum housed in an old railroad terminal contains many items connected to local history.
The Gardner Log Cabin, built in 1856, was the only structure to survive a tragic Sioux uprising of 1857. Restored Fort Belmont at nearby Jackson, Minnesota, stands as a reminder of the vigilance necessary to tame a wild land.
A group of beautiful recreation lakes, the "Great Lakes" are known literally world-wide for their combination of sports facilities and scenic splendor. Spirit Lake, Iowa's largest natural body of water, boasts a very large number of publicly owned accesses. These two excellent lakes, along with East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Garand Center Lake, are The Great Lakes of Iowa. In addition, there are more than a dozen other lakes within minutes of the central group.
Lake West Okoboji, in particular, is a truly special body of water. Spring-fed and reaching depths of 140 feet, this lake is quite clear and clean enough to drink.
The National Geographic Society has named Lake West Okoboji one of the three most beautiful blue water lakes in the world! The other two are Canada's Lake Louise and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
Still a major economic force, local farming in the fertile prairie lands and rolling acreages of Iowa and Minnesota is especially well known among agronomists for exceptional production of corn and soybeans. Beef and pork production is also a top moneymaker with both cattle and hogs raised, grazed and fed to market weight on local operations.
Excellent agriculture inspired the settlement of the area long ago and is still a major economic force. Local farms and ranches dot the many fertile prairie lands and rolling acreages.
State of the art facilities and skilled medical staff ensure that the finest comprehensive health care systems are waiting to serve you.
Teachers, parents, students and community members work collectively to bring quality education to our school district. Our main focus is learning.
Spirit Lake is surrounded by total vacation possibilities. Lake West Okoboji is spring-fed and reaches depths of 140 feet with a very large number of publicly owned accesses.
Long, low sand beaches invite the sun worshipper and swimmer. Fishing, ice fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing and scuba diving are also popular. Area golfers have seven courses to choose from which challenge "duffer" and expert alike.
Enjoy snowmobiling, beautiful campgrounds, riding stables, stock car tracks, nature reserves, an amusement park, a collegiate summer theater, art galleries and more.