Welcome to Spirit Lake, Iowa

Spirit Lake is located in the center of the Iowa Great Lakes. Spirit Lake was founded and continues to reflect the best of Midwestern values – offering families a wide variety of community, recreation, employment and business opportunities.

About Spirit Lake 

Spirit Lake, Iowa is one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the Midwest. With a four-seasons lifestyle, thriving business climate and a warm, friendly quality of life, you’ll find it all here in Spirit Lake.

In 2015, Spirit Lake, Iowa was recognized by Governor Terry Branstad as one of the healthiest cities in Iowa, winning the 2015 Healthy Iowa Award in the small city category.  The Healthy Iowa awards is a joint program of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Healthiest State Initiative, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have developed and implemented policies and practices resulting in sustainable environmental change and healthier living for Iowans.

Spirit Lake has a vibrant downtown with an appealing mix of retail and service oriented businesses. The City has an industrial park that provides the space, accessibility and amenities to meet the needs of current and prospective employers. Our neighborhoods are safe and our abundant system of public parks provide opportunities for recreation.

Latest News & Announcements


The green waste site will open for the season on Saturday, April 10. Although we have some warm weather headed our way, site conditions currently do not allow access for vehicles down below and once things dry out and we can operate equipment the site will be prepared for opening. Once open the usual hours: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5, Tuesday 3-7, Thursday 3-7. Curbside pickup in Spirit Lake will start Monday, April 19.

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Notice of Public Hearing Maximum Proposed Property Tax Levy

FY22 Maximum Proposed Property Tax Levy

Max Levy Resolution

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Waste Management has informed the City that due to the blizzard conditions it will be running the residential recycling pickup in Spirit Lake tomorrow (Saturday).
In other news, stay home unless you absolutely need to go out per recommendation of local emergency services – blowing and drifting snow will continue through the day. Please keep in touch with DickinsonAlert and local media for weather, travel and other announcements due to the storm.
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