Iowa Great Lakes Article

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The Iowa Great Lakes region, showing Spirit Lake (top), West Okoboji Lake (left), and East Okoboji Lake (right); map courtesy of USGS

The Iowa Great Lakes are a group of natural glacial lakes in northern Dickinson County in northwestern Iowa in the United States. The three principal lakes of the group are Big Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, [1] and East Okoboji Lake. [2] [3] They are the largest natural lakes in the state of Iowa. The largest, Spirit Lake, is 5,684 acres (2,300 ha).[ citation needed] The lake area extends to the north into Jackson County, Minnesota. The headwaters of Little Sioux River flow past the west side of the lake area. [3]

The area is often referred to simply as Okoboji.[ citation needed]

The towns of Spirit Lake and Milford are within the lake area. [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Iowa Great Lakes
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Iowa Great Lakes
  3. ^ a b c Okoboji, Milford, Spirit Lake, and Spirit Lake SE, Iowa; 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangles, USGS, 1970


IOWA GREAT LAKES Latitude and Longitude:

43°23′09″N 95°06′28″W / 43.38583°N 95.10778°W / 43.38583; -95.10778