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East Lake Okoboji

Vacation in Okoboji on beautiful East Okoboji Lake.   East Lake Okoboji begins on the north end in Spirit Lake, IA, mere feet from Big Spirit Lake.  Visitors often ask the question why Big Spirit is not part of the chain of lakes.  The reason is that because of how the lakes were formed, Big Spirit actually sits higher than East Lake, and thus if there were a "canal" dug between Big Spirit and East Lake, Big Spirit Lake would literally drain into East Lake.  East Lake covers over 1800 acres of land, has an average depth of 10 ft with maximum depth of 22 ft, far different from West Lake Okoboji.  Land on East Lake will run about $4000-$8000 a linear foot depending on location, approach to the lake, etc.  Popular areas and attractions on East Lake include Francis Sites, Arthur Heights, East Oaks Estates, Moore Lake Development, Kelly's Beach, Loch Knolls, Pioneer Beach, Bridges Bay, The Barefoot Bar, Parks Marina, Mau Marine, The Ritz, and much, much more.  East Lake is known for having fantastic fishing and on it's southern end connects to Upper Gar, and West Lake Okoboji.

The following is from Wikipedia:

History

The towns of Spirit Lake and Okoboji, founded as European-American settlements in the nineteenth century, sit along its western shore. They became notable after the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, when a renegade band of Sioux attacked the frontier settlements, in part for food, because they were suffering starvation during a severe winter with heavy snows. It was the last Native American attack in Iowa against settlers.

Geology

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 shallow, with an average depth of 10 ft (3 m) and a maximum depth of 22 ft (7 m). During the summer months, it is prone to stratification and to overgrowth with algae.

Fishing

The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region, especially for bullheads.

Area Insights

Bridges Bay Resort in East Lake Okoboji

Bridges Bay Resort

East Lake Okoboji

Bridges Bay Resort is built on the land purchased a few years prior which used to be owned by the Nielsen family of Arnolds Park. This huge complex consists of a hotel, 3 condo buildings (a 4th is under construction), and over 100 vacation cabins. A popular part of the resort is the indoor waterpark that cabin and condo owners have access to, but also, so does the public for a fee. Braccos is a fantastic summertime restaurant and bar which is frequented by boat, by car, and by foot, especially from the owners of the condos and cabins. All of the units at Bridges Bay have an opportunity for a boat hoist, and it is an extremely popular destination for out of towners looking for a vacation spot in Okoboji. Because Bridges Bay is not within the city limits, many owners utilize property management companies to help them rent their units by the day, week, and month. I've personally sold and shown many condo and cabin units and would be delighted to help.

"The Tressle"

East Lake Okoboji

"The Tressle" bridge used to carry the old railroad that traversed the area. Now the tressle is home to some of the areas best fishing. Served as a hot spot for fisherman, and a trail for walkers and bikers, the tressle is a classic structure of the Okobojis. We spent days jumping off of the tressle doing cannonballs, preachers, flips and the like. I know in my life my friends and I have caught literally tens of thousands of crappie and blue gill off the tressle bridge.

 

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East Lake Okoboji Homes For Sale

304 252nd Place, Orleans, IA 51360
Built in 2023
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Your Opportunity is NOW to semi-customize your Dream Home on East Lake Okoboji. This impeccable home, to be built on 50' of flat lakeshore on Pioneer Beach, offers a bright and open floor plan with a whopping 6,144 sq. ft. The home includes six...

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Listed by : HINN REAL ESTATE, GRACE HINN
17093 Lakewood Drive, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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Beautiful Sunsets and Endless long views of East Lake Okoboji are yours from this well planned 4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath 4,160 sq. ft. Walkout Ranch. With 102 feet of desirable Lakeshore and a unique Lakeside Deck Retreat your days lakeside will...

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Listed by : HINN REAL ESTATE, KEITH DIEKEVERS (7123205020)
390 Hwy 71, Arnolds Park, IA 51331
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Welcome to the carefree lifestyle in the heart of the lakes area at The Crossings! This Mike Hoien built, well maintained two bedroom two bath condo with living area that has gas fireplace, large windows and sliding glass doors to your deck with...

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  • 2BATHS
  • 2BEDS
  • 1064SQFT
Listed by : HOIEN REALTY, MARILYN VOS (7123207982)

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