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West Lake Okoboji, Iowa, is The epicenter of the Iowa Great Lakes.

West Lake Okoboji is where everything comes alive from May through October with activities and excitement. Historic Arnolds Park, built in the late 1800s, is located on the lake’s south shore and is home today to concerts and Fireworks on Saturday nights, the Legend wooden roller coaster, and excursions on the Queen II. 

Fondly referred to as a blue water lake for its clear water quality West Lake Okoboji is a deep spring-fed lake. Attracting visitors from surrounding states and across the country, West Lake Okoboji is a natural playground for sailing, swimming, Kayaking, boating, wake surfing, scuba diving, and paddle boarding, just to name a few. The perfect place for families to make lasting memories.

UNIQUE PROPERTY FACTS: Many homes on West Lake have been in the same family for generations. In fact, there are 250-century homes that were built more than 100 years ago on the banks of West Lake. The highest home values are found on West Lake Okoboji.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS: It is easy to get anywhere on West Lake by boat or car. From State Parks and Beaches to Shopping and restaurants, you can find it all on the Shores of West Lake Okoboji. Watch a sailboat race or visit the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the options are limitless. Check out our lifestyle guide for more information.

HISTORY: West Lake is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa great lakes. The Santee or Dakota Sioux inhabited the area. The native American name for the lake was Minnetonka, or “great Waters.” The name was changed so as not to be confused with Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. Legend has it that there was a Native American Chief Okoboji that the name was changed to. Okoboji is thought to mean “place of rest.”

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Real Estate Facts About West Lake Okoboji, IA

  • It is home to the historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park and the gorgeous Queen II touring boat.
  • In the summer, you can enjoy fireworks every Saturday at 10:00 pm over the blue water of Smith’s Bay in front of Arnolds Park.
  • The average lot size is 50-100 lakefront feet.
  • There are approximately 19.8 miles of shoreline.
  • West Lake is the deepest Iowa Great Lakes, with a maximum depth of 143 feet.
  • It is fondly referred to as a blue water lake because it is deep and spring-fed.
  • The majority of property owners on the lake are second homeowners.
  • Homes range from the classic Okoboji cabin to the newly constructed architectural masterpiece.
  • Lakefront property is all about the view!
  • Property value is calculated in price per front foot of the lakeshore.
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West Lake Okoboji, the deepest natural lake in the state of Iowa, is located in the northwestern region of Iowa and is a part of the lake chain called the Iowa Great Lakes. Highways 71 and 9 provide convenient access to the lake and its countless amenities. For visitors with private aircraft, The Spirit Lake Municipal Airport is only a short walk from the eastern banks of West Lake. A bit further is the Spencer Municipal Airport, which is about 19.3 miles south just off HWY 71.

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Things to do in West Lake Okoboji

Arnolds Park

A historic amusement park home to Legend, an ACE roller coaster landmark that carried its first-ever passengers in 1927 and is thought to be the 13th oldest wooden rollercoaster ride in the United States.

The Queen II

This popular tourist spot in Okoboji is a huge steamboat built with other larger boats in the area. The Queen remained in service to accommodate passengers who wanted to tour the lake by boat.

Gull Point State Park

A large seaside park with a lodge, picnic spaces, and pathways for observing wildlife.

Maxwell’s Restaurant

A charming restaurant with dishes inspired by the New American cuisine served in a casual setting with views of the lake and outdoor dining options. The restaurant is known for its excellent cuisine and provides catering services to its customers from the weekend of Memorial Day through the weekend of Labor Day.