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Big Spirit Lake

Come relax, ski, and fish on Big Spirit Lake.  Though not connected to the chain of lakes, Big Spirit provides all the activities you would desire, but without all of the hustle and bustle and traffic.  A sign of how popular Big Spirit Lake is to live, is the fact that even though the lake is the largest in the Iowa Great Lakes at over 5600 acres, properties simply do not come on the market as often as some of the othe rlakes.  Big Spirit Lake is also the largest natural lake in the state. The lake itself offers 16 miles of shoreline with an average depth of 17 feet. Real Estate on Big Spirit Lake is always dynamic and caters to your pocketbook from a small lake retreat, a large year round home or a low maintenance condo.  Summer and winter fishing are always popular in Anglers bay, and Big Spirit provides some of the nicest approaches to the lake anywhere in the county.   Land prices on Big Spirit will range from about $6000-$10000 per running lake foot depending on location, depth of lot, and approach to the lake.  Big Spirit is also a shallower lake with max depth of only 24 feet and average depth of 17 feet.

The following is from Wikipedia:

Big Spirit Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 5,684 acres (2,300 ha) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes, the northern shore of the lake straddles the border with Minnesota. It is the largest natural lake in Iowa. The Dakotah Indian name for the lake was Minnewaukon. Early French traders named it Lac D' Esprit after the Indian legends of an evil spirit who dwelled in the lake.

Its maximum depth is 24 feet (7.3 m), and the mean depth is 17 feet (5 m). The drainage area of the lake is approximately 22 square miles (57 km²). It has a drainage area of approximately 75 mi² (194 km²), most of which is in Minnesota.


Geologically, the lake, like its neighbors, is a glacial pothole, a remnant of the most recent ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.


The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region. It contains over 40 species of fish, 13 of which are typically caught. Fishing for walleye and yellow perch is typically done by boat or through the ice. Fishing for bullhead is common from the shore during the spring. A state-operated fish hatchery also provides significant populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie, and bluegill.

The Iowa all-time big fish records for freshwater drum and muskellunge were set from catches in the lake.



Big Spirit Lake Homes For Sale

24841 McClelland Lane, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Open House
Status: Active

Imagine a spectacular venue for living, entertaining or simply serving as a tranquil retreat; this one-of-a-kind Big Spirit Lake home with 52 feet of OWNED sandy beach is an oasis of relaxed modern luxury. Made with lasting quality the spacious,...

  • 220073MLS #
  • 4BATHS
  • 4BEDS
  • 4024SQFT
Open House: 28 May, 2022 (11:30 AM to 01:00 PM)
12915 253rd Ave, Orleans, IA 51360
Status: Accepted Offer

Exceptional old world lake charm fills this wonderful property situated on a gracious 100' lakeshore lot. Original portion built in 1930, and two recent additions make this up to date property a 'one of a kind' setting and style. This property...

  • 220426MLS #
  • 4BATHS
  • 3BEDS
  • 2341SQFT
12895 253rd Avenue, Orleans, IA 51360
Status: Active

Easy Does It… When it comes to living on Big Spirit and in this sleek lakeside home. It was remodeled by Merv Bates with quality interior and exterior throughout. Home has gorgeous wood floors, Stone fireplace, 2 year around sunporches, full...

  • 220146MLS #
  • 3BATHS
  • 3BEDS
  • 3963SQFT

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