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 City of Spirit Lake no longer allows the use of fireworks and possible enforcement action now includes property owners who allow the use of fireworks on their property in addition to anyone actually igniting them.

The Spirit Lake Police Department will respond to complaints or observations of violations.  Please be considerate of your neighbors, their pets and your neighborhood in respecting the prohibition of fireworks in Spirit Lake and please take the time to enjoy the organized displays that will be provided as always on Big Spirit and West Lake around the 4th. Have a safe 4th of July holiday!

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Public Notice to Potential Bidders

Public Notice to Potential Bidders and Bidding Specifications/Documents for City Street Light Replacement Project. View documents below.

City of Spirit Lake Street Lighting Replacement Project Manual

City of Spirit Lake Street Lighting Replacement Drawings

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2021 Water Quality Report

The 2021 Water Quality Report is now available.

Click to read 2021 Water Quality Report

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