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

Curbside Yard Waste Pickup Announcement

Curbside yard waste weekly pickup for Spirit Lake residents will start on Monday, April 6. The rules are published on the City’s website, but there have been no changes from how that has been done in the past. Please have qualifying yard waste to the curb by 7 a.m. With the green waste site still closed due to COVID 19 issues but finally dry enough for the City crews to access, this will be an opportunity to start getting spring cleanup leaves and twigs out of the way!

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Spring Cleanup Days & Green Waste Site

With the present uncertainty about spread of coronavirus in Iowa and any possible and additional restrictions that may be imposed by the State of Iowa, the City isn’t able to set a date at this time for when spring cleanup days may occur. If a date is set it will be publicized so please stay tuned. Likewise we are hopeful to be able to announce when the green waste site may open, but again we need to see what transpires in the next couple of weeks (or beyond). Thank you as we all continue to be patient and doing all we can to follow CDC and IDPH recommendations.

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Coronavirus precautions

With recent federal and state informational releases and updates coming frequently regarding the coronavirus, the City of Spirit Lake will be making a couple of minor adjustments in the short term out of caution for the public.  If individuals have utility bills and normally pay in person at City Hall, please use the drop box located inside the front entry doors on Hill Avenue.  For other routine matters like necessary tags for disposal of household items and any issues related to building permits, please call ahead to City Hall so arrangements can be made.  City Hall is not closed, and we will still be conducting City business, but with these changes for now.  City services related to law enforcement, water distribution, trash pickup and recycling will continue as usual and there are no issues with providing City services, and no reason for any concern about that, just taking a few recommended precautions.  Please keep in touch with information from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC and take personal precautions that continue to be well publicized.

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