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 3,684 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

  • Waypoint Medical
    1801 Hwy 18 E
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-1999
  • Iowa Specialty Hospital – Gabrielson Clinic 
    401 S 17th St
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
  • Iowa Specialty Hospital – Garner Clinic
    840 W US-18
    Garner, IA 50438
  • 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
  • MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center
    1000 4th Street SW
    Mason City, IA 50401
    (641) 428-7000

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

  • Landfill of North Iowa
    15942 Kildeer Avenue
    Clear Lake, IA 50428
    (641) 357-5452

Clear Lake Civic Organizations

Recent Blog Posts

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

Come to the North Iowa Fair!

Come to the North Iowa Fair!

August 4-7th at the Iowa Events Center in Mason City BY: RACHEL WUMKES The tail end of summer can be a bit of a doozy.  Siblings have hit their limit with one another, finding new ways to fight about absolutely nothing.  Parents are stressed to the gills, trying to...

Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway

CLASS Car Cruise & Show a Hit in Clear Lake BY: RACHEL WUMKES As I began to work on today’s blog post, it took me all of three minutes to realize I know absolutely nothing about cars.  In fact, my knowledge pretty much starts and ends with “turn the car on, go...

New Life at the Historic Park Inn

New Life at the Historic Park Inn

Hotel Debuts New Bar & American Tavern BY: RACHEL WUMKES Just a bit of a jaunt down the highway to the East of Clear Lake, you’ll find The Historic Park Inn Hotel.  Located in the heart of Mason City, this 27-room boutique hotel is their most famous building as it...

Harvest Festival Souvenir Bag Presale Alert!

Harvest Festival Souvenir Bag Presale Alert!

Don’t Miss Out on the Ultimate Girls’ Day! BY: RACHEL WUMKES Time to break out the shackets and wide-brimmed hats, ladies.  Today is all about Harvest Festival! Wait. What? Seems a bit odd as we are smack-dab in the middle of having all the summer fun.  But you see,...

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

The Day the Music Died BY: RACHEL WUMKES A long, long time ago… Fifty years to be exact. A young singer/songwriter named Don McLean, looking to make his mark on the music industry, penned those words.  Little did he know the impact they would have on the world – and...

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