Iowa Great Lakes Water Safety Council


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The Iowa Great Lakes Water Safety Council, Inc is a not-for-profit public service organization formed to promote boating and water safety along with improved water quality on the Iowa Great Lakes. This chain of lakes is located in Dickinson County- Northwest Iowa.

The Iowa Great Lakes cover 12,700 acres with seventy miles of shoreline.

Five of the lakes (East Okoboji- West Okoboji, Lower Gar - Upper Gar, and Minnewashta) are connected so boats can travel between the lakes. Boats must pass under bridges to move between the lakes with clearance that varies from five to nine feet depending on lake water level.

The spillway between Big Spirit Lake and East Okoboji does not permit the passage of boats.


Change Notice

We have found it necessary to change the software on our LIVE CAMERA from Java to Active X.

In order to view the camera you might have to download the Sony Image Viewer that uses Active X.

For MAC users and others that want to use Java for camera display CLICK HERE



  • Contributions to promote water safety on the Iowa Great Lakes are welcome.

  • The WSC is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation.

  • Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • Federal Tax ID number 36-4513880

              Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is believed to be accurate.

              Users should consult the official versions as the final authority.


Iowa Great Lakes Water Safety Council PO Box 232 Spirit Lake, IA 51360