West Okoboji Lake

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West Okoboji Lake
LocationDickinson County, Iowa
Coordinates43°23′04″N 095°09′34″W / 43.38444°N 95.15944°W / 43.38444; -95.15944Coordinates: 43°23′04″N 095°09′34″W / 43.38444°N 95.15944°W / 43.38444; -95.15944
Catchment area125 sq mi (320 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area3,847 acres (1,557 ha)
Average depth39 ft (12 m)
Max. depth136 ft (41 m)
Surface elevation1,398 ft (426 m)
Islands0
SettlementsArnolds Park
Okoboji
Wahpeton
West Okoboji
 
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West Okoboji Lake
LocationDickinson County, Iowa
Coordinates43°23′04″N 095°09′34″W / 43.38444°N 95.15944°W / 43.38444; -95.15944Coordinates: 43°23′04″N 095°09′34″W / 43.38444°N 95.15944°W / 43.38444; -95.15944
Catchment area125 sq mi (320 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area3,847 acres (1,557 ha)
Average depth39 ft (12 m)
Max. depth136 ft (41 m)
Surface elevation1,398 ft (426 m)
Islands0
SettlementsArnolds Park
Okoboji
Wahpeton
West Okoboji
West Okoboji Lake, in the Iowa Great Lakes region.

West Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 3,847 acres (15.57 km2) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. The area was long inhabited by the Santee or Dakota Sioux. The Dakota-language name for the lake was Minnetonka, meaning "great waters".

The cities of Arnolds Park, Okoboji, West Okoboji, and Wahpeton sit on its shore. Okoboji was derived from the Dakota name for the lake, and Wahpeton was the name of one of the major historic Sioux bands in the nineteenth century. Today the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux are a federally recognized tribe.

The lake's maximum depth is 136 feet (41 m), making it the deepest lake in Iowa and second in size only to Spirit Lake. The mean depth is 39 feet (12 m). The drainage area of the lake is approximately 125 square miles (320 km2).[1]

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Geology

Geologically, the lake, like its neighbors, is a glacial pothole, a remnant of the most recent ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.

Recreation

The depth of the lake makes it a popular regional destination for motor boating, water skiing, sailing, and swimming. The lake is also a popular fishing destination in the region. The main catches in the lake are yellow perch, bluegill, and walleye. It also contains significant populations of smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie and white bass, black bass.

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