Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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…

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Spirit Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 194 vacation rentals near Spirit Lake. From 76 Cabins to 52 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Spirit Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Spirit Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Spirit Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arnolds Park: 196 vacation rentals
  • Ranch Okoboji: 196 vacation rentals
  • Brooks Golf Club: 196 vacation rentals
  • Clay County Fairgrounds: 195 vacation rentals
  • Riverview Park: 190 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Spirit Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Spirit Lake?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 76 Cabins in Spirit Lake. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Spirit Lake include:

  • Houses: 52 rentals available
  • Cottages: 76 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 76 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Spirit Lake?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 145 vacation rentals with pool available in Spirit Lake. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.