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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.

Geology

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

Recreation

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.

Area Insights

SUNNYVILLE

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The Coffee Shop

Milford

This quaint coffee shop in downtown Milford, IA is the talk of the town. You must stop in for a hot or cold drink and enjoy the atmosphere of this eclectic cafe. Locals and visitors alike enjoy meeting at this town favorite.

PHEASANT HUNTING DEMO

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Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in Lakes Agent Insight Description of East Lake Rush Lake in the Lake Section of the Area Category.

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BIKE TRAILS DEMO

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Emerald Hills in Arnolds Park

Emerald Hills

Arnolds Park

Emerald Hills Golf Course is one of the premier golf courses in the Iowa Great Lakes. Golfers throughout Okoboji will tell you that compared to the rest of the golf courses around, Emerald Hills is probably the most challenging. When I grew up as a kid, we lived just a half block from the back side of the course. We would sneak on with a couple short little clubs and balls we found walking the course and sometimes spent more time being chased by the sprinklers than trying to hit golf balls. Emerald Hills was owned by Gordy and Bette Benit many years ago and they can be credited with growing this course into the masterpiece it has become. Later purchased by Randy Rohlfsen and a few others, Emerald has flourished as one of the best courses around. If memory serves me right, Randy has been there since the early 1990's and has always had a strong conviction to help young golfers. He has taught and coached numerous high school teams, and they also put on a 5 day junior camp every year which has been a tremendous hit. I grew up on this course and can honestly say, you better be hitting the ball straight!

Okoboji Boat Works in West Lake Okoboji

Okoboji Boat Works

West Lake Okoboji

Okoboji Boat Works is home to "The Fish Shack" and "The Inconvenience Store". Formerly a marina of thriving boat sales since 1890, OBW now offers up many different rentals, a 24 hour gas dock, excursion boats, and more. I remember the days as a child of fishing for crappie and blue gill here and along the docks of Smith's Bay. Though the scenery has changed, the outstanding fishing has not.

The Three Sons in Milford

The Three Sons

Milford

Founded in 1960, the Three Sons has been a staple of Milford, IA retail. From Herman and Emil Richter, owners, was born the University of Okoboji, a ficticious university that calls the entire Iowa Great Lakes the campus of the U of O. Part of the experience of shopping the three sons, if walking the old battered floors, and taking a trip upstairs for half price, plus a buck. Brands you would expect in Milford Iowa are abundant, such as Patagonia, Oakley, Under Armour, Tommy Bahama, and more. There are currently 2 other stores; one at the amusement park, and another near the Regal Beagle called the bridge store. No self-respecting visitor to Okoboji leaves without visiting one of their stores.

"Turn-Over" Thermocline

West Lake Okoboji

Referred to locally as the lake turning over the thermocline is a feature of lakes with deep water. The water on the top of the lake changes temperature much more variably during the year. On West Lake, it can reach as much as 75 degrees in July while the water below, greater than 35 or 40 feet deep is relatively stable around 45 degrees. In the fall and early winter, the top strata of the lake will cool to below 45 degrees, and then because it becomes denser, it will "sink" below the lower strata, thus, displacing it and making the lake "turn-over". In the deepest part of West Lake (near the 136ft mark), no light is availble, and hence little life is known whether fish or plant. Typically questions are raised as to why the surface water gets dirty for a short period of time in the fall, this this is the standard answer.

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Big Spirit Lake Homes For Sale

25331 McClelland Drive, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Price Decreased
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Status: Active

Welcome to Okoboji living on 50 feet of Big Spirit Lakes north shore. The properties recent renovation is a designers dream with clean lines, neutrals and earthy touches throughout. The home offers a spacious covered front porch, mud room upon...

  • 230007MLS #
  • 2BATHS
  • 2BEDS
  • 1562SQFT
Listed by : REALTY ONE GROUP REVOLVE, CARA NAATJES (7123309139)

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