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

2021 Water Quality Report

The 2021 Water Quality Report is now available.

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City Clean Up Days

Starting in the fall of 2021, City Clean Up Days will move permanently to the fall time of year so as not to interfere with other necessary activities of the street/parks/sanitation departments that need attention in the spring.  For 2021, it will be the week of September 27 and more information will be provided when that time approaches.  In the meantime, the City still takes old furniture, mattresses, washers, dryers, TVs and other items and residents can call regarding the fees for those items, which need to be arranged in advance.  Small dumpsters are always available for short term rent as well.  Otherwise, items may be taken to the landfill during its usual hours of operation.


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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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