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Homes for Sale Around The South Shore, Big Spirit Lake, IA

Explore the majesty of Big Spirit Lake, a sprawling freshwater expanse spanning approximately 5,684 acres.

Beneath the surface is a diverse underwater world, hosting over 40 fish species that lure anglers to cast their hopes for walleye, northern pike, perch, bass, catfish, and crappies. Sailors and windsurfers enjoy the ripples, while power boaters are excited about tubing, wakeboarding, and skiing opportunities. On calm days, kayaks and canoes gently explore the tranquil waters. If you’re seeking a getaway cottage or a permanent residence, the homes on the South Shore of Big Spirit Lake provide a unique blend of rural tranquility and town proximity. Waterfront dwellings boast unobstructed views, while off-lake cabins are wrapped in lush natural surroundings. Some showcase both lake panoramas to the north and country vistas to the south, ensuring you get the best of both worlds.

SWIMMING BEACH: Orleans Beach State Park is a sun-soaked haven at Big Spirit Lake’s southern shore. With an extensive sandy expanse and a convenient boat ramp, it invites water enthusiasts year-round. The Ainsworth-Orleans Beach attracts summer crowds, offering not just a swimming area but also a picnic site and a playground. You can also go kayaking, paddleboarding, or sunbathing. It provides a communal hub, fostering social connections while having fun.

THRIVING MARINE LIFE: Dive into the underwater wonders at the State Fish Hatchery, just south of Big Spirit Lake—marvel at aquariums showcasing local treasures like walleye, muskie, and pike. Explore the hatchery and witness DNR professionals harvesting fish eggs and releasing them into the waters. During walleye spawning, it opens 24/7 in early to mid-April. Experience an immersive journey, offering a unique window into the lake’s vibrant ecosystem.

ACCESSIBILITY: South Shore homes are next to Orleans and the closest to the amenities of the city of Spirit Lake. For your household needs, a short drive south leads to Hy-Vee, Walmart Supercenter, and Fareway Meat and Grocery. You can also explore specialty shops, cozy cafes, burger joints, local restaurants, and essential medical clinics. This area not only offers a picturesque view of the lake but also serves as a gateway to conveniences, ensuring a blend of tranquility and urban accessibility.

Homes in The South Shore, Big Spirit Lake, IA

5 Real Estate Facts about The South Shore, Big Spirit Lake, IA

  • Homes on the South Shore have varying styles. You’ll find a historic house dating back to 1870, meticulously updated to integrate functional upgrades. The newest structures were constructed in 2023 and feature contemporary design elements.
  • South Shore homes range from $225,000 to $1.7M, making lakeside living possible for a broader range of budgets.
  • Interior footprints vary, with houses ranging from 960 to 3,500 square feet.
  • The real estate in South Shore primarily consists of single-family homes with two to five bedrooms and one to five bathrooms.
  • South Shore residences sit on plots of land ranging from 0.14 to 0.98 acres.
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Big Spirit Lake is the northernmost waterbody among the Iowa Great Lakes. The primary thoroughfares bordering its southern banks are 240th and 140th Streets.

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Things to do in The South Shore

Spillway Drive-In

Indulge in nostalgia at a classic destination serving mouthwatering burgers, turkey wraps, and ice cream.

Fisherman's Factory Outlet

A mecca for fishing enthusiasts offering a vast selection of gear and equipment at unbeatable prices.

Ainsworth-Orleans Beach

With a sandy beach perfect for sunbathing, dressing rooms, and restrooms, it's a scenic retreat for water lovers and sun seekers.

Dickinson County Fairground

A versatile space perfect for memorable occasions like weddings, trade shows, fundraisers, dances, and more.