About Clear Lake

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A Rich and Colorful History

In the spring of 1852, James Dickirson, a farmer, claimed both the land where Clear Lake now stands and a tract of land east of the community. In 1854, he received a patent from the United States for 134 acres of land in what is now downtown Clear Lake. Working tirelessly, Dickirson turned Clear Lake, Iowa into an oasis for the Midwest.

The beautiful lake is spring-fed, formed by glaciers some 14,000 years ago. Clear Lake has a surface area of about 3,600 acres and measures seven miles long and two and one-half miles wide. It boasts amazing beaches for swimming and a large variety of species for fishing.

Explore the amenities and resources below for the community of Clear Lake, Iowa. We hope you visit soon!



Clear Lake Community Schools

The Clear Lake Community School District is a public preschool through 12th grade institution serving the community of Clear Lake, Iowa. The vision of the Clear Lake Community School District is that ALL students will have the tools to build a productive future and reach their dreams.

Superintendent’s Office
1529 3rd Ave. N.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Clear Creek Elementary
(Preschool – 5th Grade)
901 S. 14th St.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Clear Lake Middle School
(6th – 8th Grade)
1601 3rd Ave. N.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Clear Lake High School
(9th-12th Grade)
125 N. 20th St.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Newman Catholic Schools

The mission of the Newman Catholic School System is to educate individuals in the Catholic tradition by developing their spiritual, intellectual, and cultural lives.

Newman Catholic Schools
2445 19th St. SW
Mason City, Iowa 50401

North Iowa Area Community College

Clear Lake’s North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is a nationally-ranked, two-year institution that serves students of all ages and abilities.

500 College Dr.
Mason City, Iowa 50401

Clear Lake Churches

Relocation Resources

Looking to make a move to Clear Lake, Iowa? Below you will find helpful links and information to make your transition run smoothly!

Request a Relocation Packet

Clear Lake Realtors

Clear Lake Utilities

Electricity & Natural Gas Supplier

Telephone Service

Water, Sewer & Garbage

Cable & Satellite Television

Medical Facilities

  • Dr. Robert Gross, DO
    800 1st Ave N Suite 1
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-2141
  • Mercy Family Clinic – Clear Lake
    1410 6th Avenue South
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-2191
  • Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
    401 S 15th Street
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-7442
  • North Iowa Mercy Health Center (Hospital)
    1000 4th Street SW
    Mason City, IA 50401
    (800) 433-3883

Motor Vehicle Licensing & Registration

Post Office

  • Clear Lake Post Office
    410 – 1st Avenue North
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-2013

Click to Change your address online.


  • Absolute Waste
    1313 2nd Avenue South
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-4517

Click here for the Recycling Brochure

School Registration

Clear Lake Civic Organizations

Recent Blog Posts

Check out our recent entries regarding the happenings in Clear Lake, Iowa!

Counting Down the Days

Counting Down the Days

BY: RACHEL WUMKES I’d like to make it known for the record that I, Rachel Wumkes, a forty-year-old woman of sound mind, has made a paper chain. Yes, you read that correctly.  A paper chain.  Just like the one my Kindergartener made last winter to countdown the days...

All the Bells and Whistles

All the Bells and Whistles

BY: RACHEL WUMKES Home buyers today aren’t just on the hunt to find the perfect place to live. They want a place with pizzaz, a place containing all the bells and whistles.  Buyers want that magical combination of the perfect trifecta:  location, quality, and...

A Round of Applause

A Round of Applause

BY: RACHEL WUMKES Pulling off an event as extensive as TRI Clear Lake is no simple feat.  Countless hours go into the planning, preparation, and execution on race day.  Organization and logistical prowess are key elements is the success or failure of such an...

One For the Record Books

One For the Record Books

BY: RACHEL WUMKES Typically, the month of June in Iowa brings average temperatures ranging somewhere between a low of 62 degrees and a high of 78 degrees.  In most years, June is the month of battling with kids who want to swim, but it’s just not warm enough. Well,...

A Game for All Ages

A Game for All Ages

photocredit: Clear Lake Pickleball BY: RACHEL WUMKES It might have a silly name, but that’s just part of what makes the sport of pickleball so great.  The game was created with one agenda in mind: FUN!  Whether you’re five, eighty-five, or somewhere in between,...