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Here are the 14 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Iowa - compared by Highest Altitude/Elevation.

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Lake Name Elevation in feet Lake Description
Silver Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,460 Silver Lake Pictures Silver Lake, a natural glacial lake spanning 1,041 acres, is located in northwestern Iowa bordering the town of Lake Park. It is one of the chain of lakes known as Iowa's Great Lakes. This multiple-lake area is a favorite vacation destination, offering numerous outdoor recreational activities. Although ...
Spirit Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,401 Spirit Lake Pictures Also known as: Big Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake is one of a chain of lakes known as Iowa's Great Lakes. Also called Big Spirit Lake, this natural body of water was named by the Dakota Native Americans who believed the lake was guarded by evil spirits. Because of this legend, the Dakota did not cross Big Spirit Lake in canoes, and early ...
Storm Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,401 Storm Lake Pictures Storm Lake is located in Buena Vista County in northern Iowa. At 3,097 acres, the lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the state. On the northern shore of the lake is the town of Storm Lake, a thriving community of around 10,000 people and the home of Buena Vista University. Although the town ...
East Okoboji Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,398 Also known as: East Lake Okoboji
East Okoboji Lake is one of a chain of lakes known as Iowa's Great Lakes. East Okoboji Lake received its unique name from the Dakota Indians. They called it "Okoboozhy", which means "reeds", because that is what the lake was surrounded by at one time. The clear blue waters of East Okoboji Lake are supplied ...
Iowa Great Lakes
(Iowa, USA)
1,398 Iowa Great Lakes Pictures Iowa Great Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Big Spirit Lake, Little Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Gar Lakes, Center Lake, Silver Lake
Most of the world equates Iowa with corn fields and election-year Straw Polls and has never heard of Iowa's Great Lakes. Nestled in the Northwest Region of the state just south of the Minnesota border, the Iowa Great Lakes offer water sports, fishing, recreation and fantastic lakefront living to those ...
West Okoboji Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,398 West Okoboji Lake Pictures Also known as: West Lake Okoboji
West Okoboji Lake is one of Iowa's eight Great Lakes located in Dickinson County. It was named "Minnetonka" by the Sioux Indians meaning "Great Waters." Subterranean springs provide the lake with 3,847 acres of clear blue water, which has aided in making West Okoboji Lake Iowa's most popular lake. West ...
Okamanpeedan Lake
(Iowa, USA / Minnesota, USA)
1,228 Okamanpeedan Lake Message Forums Also known as: Tuttle Lake
Located in Martin County, Minnesota and Emmet County, Iowa, Okamanpeedan Lake is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan is Native American for "nesting place of the herons" signifying the large population of herons that live along the shoreline in the tall trees. In the mid 1850's Calvin Tuttle was ...
Clear Lake
(Iowa, USA)
1,227 Clear Lake Pictures Clear Lake is located in Cerro Gordo County in northern Iowa. At 3,684 acres it is one of the largest natural lakes in the state. Clear Lake is one of thirty-four naturally occurring glacial lakes in the state of Iowa and was formed by the movement and melting of huge sheets of ice approximately 14,000 ...
Carter Lake
(Iowa, USA / Nebraska, USA)
977 Carter Lake Pictures Carter Lake Message Forums In the late 1800's the Missouri River changed its course, altering the future of the area around Omaha, Nebraska and creating Carter Lake. Spanning parts of the southwest region of Iowa and the Metro region of Nebraska, Carter Lake quickly earned the reputation as a fantastic recreation destination. ...
Rathbun Lake
(Iowa, USA)
904 Also known as: Lake Rathbun
One of the largest lakes in the state of Iowa, Rathbun Lake is located in Appanoose County and is a perfect place to enjoy water sports, fishing, and outdoor activities of all kinds. This beautiful lake in south-central Iowa has not always existed, though; it is a man-made reservoir, constructed in ...
Saylorville Lake
(Iowa, USA)
836 Saylorville Lake Pictures Also known as: Saylorville Reservoir
Saylorville Lake is a man-made reservoir located on the Des Moines River bordering the town of Polk City, about 11 miles north of Des Moines, Iowa. The reservoir was completed in 1977 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a flood control project for an area that had seen five major floods in the previous ...
Lake Red Rock
(Iowa, USA)
742 Lake Red Rock Pictures Also known as: Red Rock Lake, Red Rock Reservoir
Lake Red Rock is a reservoir in south-central Iowa created by the Army Corps of Engineers. This Marion County lake was constructed over the course of nine years in a massive damming project on the Des Moines River, at an estimated cost of $88 million. The Red Rock Dam measures 5,676 feet long and 110 ...
Lake Macbride
(Iowa, USA)
730 Lake Macbride Pictures Lake Macbride Message Forums One of east central Iowa's best recreation lakes is Lake Macbride. Construction of the lake was first recommended in 1932, with the project adopted by the State Conservation Board. A $50,000 federal grant was secured to pay for the dam, with labor provided by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The State ...
Coralville Lake
(Iowa, USA)
683 Coralville Lake Pictures Coralville Lake Message Forums Also known as: Coralville Reservoir
Star of east-central Iowa's recreation opportunities, Coralville Lake has led the pack for the 60 years of its existence. Originally built to control flooding and regulate fluctuating water levels on the Iowa River, the Coralville Reservoir quickly became the go-to destination for water-based fun. The ...
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