Welcome to Clear Lake, Iowa
Clear Lake, Iowa, is a beautiful small town situated on a natural spring-fed lake in northern Iowa midway between Des Moines and Minneapolis. As a major stop on I-35, you’ll find a large selection of quality restaurants and accommodations, as well as a marina, state parks, and historic attractions. See firsthand what it means to live the lake life – from relaxing on the beach and water skiing to year-round fishing and sailing. Whether you are here for a weekend or looking to make Clear Lake your home, you are sure to enjoy all that our town has to offer.
What to Eat
While our town may be small, there’s no shortage of delicious food to enjoy. Delight in a signature sandwich from the award-winning Starboard Market. Partake in authentic Italian pasta or hand-stretched, made-to-order pizza while enjoying a view of the lake at Ge-Jo’s By the Lake. Experience genuine Irish hospitality, crowd-pleasing food or an ice-cold beer at Bennigan’s. Kick off any day of fun with a homemade, gourmet donut from South Shore Donut Co. With so many wonderful options, there’s a flavor to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
What to Do
There’s always somewhere to go, something to do or somewhere to see in Clear Lake. Take a moment to remember rock ‘n’ roll legends at the Surf Ballroom. Play a round with friends on our beautiful golf courses. Enjoy a ride on the Lady of the Lake. Go hunting, fishing or sport shooting. Shop the local small businesses. Cruise around the lake in your boat, and so much more. Clear Lake offers a little something for everyone.
Where to Stay
No matter what type of trip brings you to Clear Lake, there’s a wonderful place for you and your family to stay. You’ll find nature-centered campgrounds with modern amenities, charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels, and a variety of available vacation rentals to choose from. You’ll enjoy your stay that much more knowing you have a wonderful place to rest at the end of each day.
In Clear Lake, there are all kinds of events to enjoy throughout the year. Check out Color the Wind, which is known as the Midwest’s largest and most colorful winter kite festival. Celebrate the 4th of July with our large festival, parade, craft show, and fireworks display. Enjoy everything Clear Lake’s Main Avenue during Thursdays on Main in the summer or at the annual fall Harvest Festival. Immerse yourself in holiday traditions with Christmas by the Lake. There are also other fun things to do throughout the year, like 5K races, car shows, live music, and so much more.
Color the Wind
February 18, 2023
April 16 - 23, 2022
TRI Clear Lake
May 28, 2022
Thursdays on Main
Starting June 2, 2022
4th of July
June 29 – July 5, 2022
October 1, 2022
Christmas by the Lake
December 3, 2022
Event Blog Posts
Latest Blog Posts
Lady of the Lake kicks off 35th Season BY: RACHEL WUMKES To begin its 35th season of operation on Clear Lake, the Lady of the Lake will set sail Memorial Day weekend. Prepped and primed, she’s ready to take passengers on a cruising adventure, as well as welcome live...
On Your Mark – Get Set – SUMMER! BY: RACHEL WUMKES Today, the hallways of Clear Lake schools will be a buzz of energy. I picture it a bit like the final scene from Grease where the bell rings and students burst through the doors. Papers fly in every direction as...
Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy! BY: RACHEL WUMKES Angling enthusiasts are invited to participate in the ultimate fishing competition. The Iowa Walley Challenge runs from May 1st to June 30th as part of a state-wide research project. Designed to get a better sense of the...
Prepare for one epic Iowa road trip! BY: RACHEL WUMKES Packing her bags and hitting the open road is one of Sara Broers’ favorite things to do. In fact, she loves it so much, she turned the hobby into a full-fledged career. When the buzz of blogging hit the...
It’s so close I can almost taste it! BY: RACHEL WUMKES The sweet sensation of summer is soon upon us. Lazy days of sleeping late, afternoons spent lounging by the pool, and the simplicity of lake life. With just one full week left of school, summer is so close I can...