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.