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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.

Where to Eat in Clear Lake

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.

Where to Play in Clear Lake

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 in Clear Lake

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.

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Featured Events

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 Kites in the Sky

Color the Wind

February 17, 2024

Earth Day Event Kid with a Globe

Earth Day

April 16 - 22, 2023

Clear Lake Triathlon Swimmers in Water

TRI Clear Lake

May 25, 2024

Clear Lake Thursday on Main Live Music

Thursdays on Main

Starting June 2, 2023

Clear Lake's 4th of July Fireworks

4th of July

July 3-7, 2024

Adults Enjoying the Clear Lake Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

October 7, 2023

Christmas on the Lake Ornaments on Display

Christmas by the Lake

December 2, 2023

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

Lighting up the Spirit of Giving There's no better way to kick off Christmas by the Lake than by joining us at Clear Lake City Park for a festive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1st, at 5:30 pm. We're excited to introduce a new tradition that...

Giving Tuesday: Make a Local Impact

Giving Tuesday: Make a Local Impact

The Impact of Supporting Local Non-Profits In a world that can seem dominated by commercialism and consumerism, Giving Tuesday stands out by encouraging people to shift their focus from receiving to giving. This global movement takes place on the Tuesday following...

Clear Lake Chamber Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Clear Lake, Iowa Events Events make our region a great place to live, work and visit! Are you interested in Clear Lake, Iowa events sponsorship opportunities? As a member of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, you have the opportunity to sponsor the...

Pink Friday in Clear Lake

Pink Friday in Clear Lake

Celebrate Pink Friday! Shop local first this Holiday Season in Clear Lake, Iowa! BY: RACHEL WUMKES It's Friday, November 17th, join us in celebrating Pink Friday in Clear Lake. It's a special day dedicated to shopping small and supporting local businesses. The Pink...

Visit Clear Lake’s Santa!

Visit Clear Lake’s Santa!

Clear Lake's Santa House in City Park. Photo by Ron Miles, Jr. A Magical Visit Step into a winter wonderland and visit Santa at Clear Lake City Park, where the air is filled with the festive spirit of the season. Nestled in the heart of the park is the enchanting...

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