Lakes in Iowa

Iowa is a state with many national treasures. It's home to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum; the Effigy Mounds National Monument; the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area; and many wildlife areas containing uniquely beautiful lakes and other bodies of water. Other lakes of interest are located in Iowa's state parks. Viking Lake, Twin Lakes, Rice Lake, Pine Lake, Clear Lake and Beed's Lake are all within parks that bear their names.

Iowa's newest state park, Summerset, offers fishing enthusiasts lots of opportunities to reel in trout, catfish, bass, bluegill and crappie from its two lakes: North Banner Lake and South Banner Lake. Anglers can try their luck from the shore or spend a relaxing day fishing on the water.

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Featured lakes in Iowa

Spirit Lake

Big Spirit Lake

Big Spirit Lake in northwestern Iowa is the largest natural lake in the state. Part of a chain known as the Iowa Great Lakes, Big Spirit is adjacent to the town that’s named after it. Its northern shore borders Minnesota.

Trumbull Lake

Trumbull Lake

Trumbull Lake in Clay County, Iowa, is a very shallow body of water with 7.2 miles of shoreline and a hard-surface boat ramp. It’s situated next to two state wildlife areas, Trumbull Lake Wildlife Area and the Smith Slough Wildlife Area. Trumbull Lake has a maximum depth of four feet. Due in part to its shallowness and the use of fertilizers by local farmers, its water is cloudy with algae and sediment.

West Okoboji Lake

West Okoboji Lake is located in Dickinson County. This lake is unique in a sense that it is one of the only three blue water lakes in the world. This lake is popular for motor boating, water skiing, sailing, swimming and fishing.


Popular Iowa lakes

Big Goose Pond
De Soto Lake
Eagle Lake
Elm Lake
Green Valley Lake
Hartwick Lake
High Lake
Ingham Lake
Lake Anita
Lake Icaria
Lake McBride
Lake Panorama
Lake Red Rock
Lake Sundown
Lost Island Lake
North Twin Lake
Rathbun Lake
Rice Lake
Rock Creek Lake
Spirit Lake
Storm Lake
Trumbull Lake
Upper Brown Lake
West Okoboji Lake


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