Spirit Lake, IA

Town in Dickinson County, IA

About Spirit Lake, IA

The Capstone of the Iowa Great Lakes

Serving as the county seat for Dickinson County, Iowa, the city of Spirit Lake is the capstone of the Iowa Great Lakes. It is located to the south of Big Spirit Lake, the largest natural lake in Iowa, and on part of the western shoreline of East Okoboji Lake. These glacier-dug lakes make up a chain that is well known for its beauty and recreational opportunities. Spirit Lake takes its name from the Dakota Sioux Indians who referred to the large lake to the north as “Minnewaukon” or “Lake of the Spirit.”

Spirit Lake was incorporated in 1879. The downtown district and the surrounding residential areas and parks hold a bit of history at every turn. The 5,000 citizens of Spirit Lake have been careful to preserve their historic past while moving forward to expand their city as an important business, cultural and recreational center. Both the Dickinson County Museum and the Spirit Lake Public Library hold many stories from the past—a past of which Spirit Lake is very proud. Spirit Lake has a vibrant downtown with a variety of retail businesses. An industrial park provides current employers and potential companies with attractive amenities. The city’s neighborhoods are safe and the schools offer excellent educational opportunities. With a four-season lifestyle, thriving business climate and great quality of life, Spirit Lake is one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the Midwest.

Sponsors of Spirit Lake, IA


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Spirit Lake, IA


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Spirit Lake, IA


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Communities of Spirit Lake, IA


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Spirit Lake, IA


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Dickinson County, IA


Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Dickinson County, IA page.

Citizens of Dickinson County, IA


The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Veterans of Dickinson County, IA


Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!