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Here are the 12 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Iowa - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Rathbun Lake
(Iowa, USA)
155 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 ...
Iowa Great Lakes
(Iowa, USA)
86 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 ...
Coralville Lake
(Iowa, USA)
50 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 ...
Saylorville Lake
(Iowa, USA)
39 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 ...
Big Creek Lake
(Iowa, USA)
21 Big Creek Lake Pictures Big Creek Lake is located about 11 miles north of Des Moines, Iowa near the town of Polk City. The lake was created in the 1970s by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Saylorville Project, a flood control project that also created nearby Saylorville Lake. The project originally called for flooding ...
Lake Macbride
(Iowa, USA)
20 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 ...
West Okoboji Lake
(Iowa, USA)
20 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 ...
East Okoboji Lake
(Iowa, USA)
17 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 ...
Spirit Lake
(Iowa, USA)
15 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 ...
Clear Lake
(Iowa, USA)
14 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 ...
Silver Lake
(Iowa, USA)
10 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 ...
Carter Lake
(Iowa, USA / Nebraska, USA)
7 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. ...
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