Spirit Lake, IA, USA

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Spirit Lake, IA, USA

Spirit Lake vacation rentals

Your surrounded by water in Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake is the epicenter of the region known as Okoboji – the Iowa Great Lakes region. It's peppered with more waters than you can shake a gristly Iowa pork chop at. There's the eponymous Spirit Lake to the north, ringed by waterfowl reserves. There's snaking East Okoboji Lake to the south, wiggling towards the amusement rides of Arnolds Park with its fishing jetties and boating clubs. Between the two, Spirit Lake vacation rentals offer the perfect base for exploring the entertainment complexes, pretty state parks, malls, and golf courses that abound.

From fishing to family fun in Spirit Lake

You might just want to pack the waders and the rods for that trip to the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes. With a trio of famous fishing spots right on the doorstep, and oodles of boating outfitters to choose from, this is a great place to go and cast the nets in search of bullheads and bluegills. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land, then just 15 minutes in the car will reveal theme parks and rollercoasters, entertainment complexes, gaming halls, racing tracks, and more, all fringing the banks of West Okoboji Lake.

The kids will love Spirit Lake

Cast your eyes to the south, where many Spirit Lake vacation rentals cluster around the banks of the Okoboji lakes, and you'll soon discover the wealth of attractions at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. There's the timber-framed Legend Roller Coaster, built back in 1930 and still getting the heart thumping. There's the Raceway track, where go karts whizz around hairpin bends. There's a Maritime Museum chronicling the history of the Iowa Great Lakes, complete with retro skiffs and historic motorboats. And that's just a taster.

Staying warm in Spirit Lake

These reaches of northern Iowa follow the same seasonal pattern as towns and cities right across the American Midwest. You'll get hot summers with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, followed by mild falls, and then harsh winters of blizzards and subzero mercury levels. Put it like that and you can see why the bulk of the visitors opt to hit the fishing hotspots and amusement attractions of Spirit Lake between the months of May and October – they are the only times warm enough to ride the rollercoasters and sling the rods…

Spirit Lake – the name says it all

Lakes are the landscape all around Spirit Lake. Ranging from Spirit Lake itself down to East and West Okoboji lakes, there's plenty of shoreline to explore. Many Spirit Lake vacation rentals will have views over the waters and banks – great if you're heading here for fishing and boating. Reserves worth checking out include the East Okoboji Lake Wildlife Management Area, where wooded banks give way to muddy creeks, and the Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area, which has wild deer and waterfowl aplenty.