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!

POPULATION FIGURES

CLIMATE INFORMATION

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
641-357-2181

Clear Creek Elementary
(Preschool – 5th Grade)
901 S. 14th St.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
641-357-5288

Clear Lake Middle School
(6th – 8th Grade)
1601 3rd Ave. N.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
641-357-6114

Clear Lake High School
(9th-12th Grade)
125 N. 20th St.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
641-357-5235

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
641-423-6939

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.

NIACC
500 College Dr.
Mason City, Iowa 50401
641-423-1264

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.

Recycling

  • 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!

It’s National Support Your Chamber of Commerce Day!

It’s National Support Your Chamber of Commerce Day!

BY: RACHEL WUMKES To commemorate this fantastic holiday which is celebrated annually on the third Wednesday in October, we’ve put together a bit of a checklist on ways you, too, can support your local Chamber of Commerce. While most Chamber organizations focus solely...

Goodbye to Summer in Clear Lake

Goodbye to Summer in Clear Lake

BY: RACHEL WUMKES While many of us have already said our goodbyes to sunny, summer days at the Lake, it really hit home this week.  Even with the fall decorations donning light posts along Main and the ever-popular Harvest Festival already taking place, I was holding...

Another Fabulous Week at the Lake

Another Fabulous Week at the Lake

BY: RACHEL WUMKES I don’t know about you guys, but it was nice to have a bit of a preview into actual fall weather this week.  Even with the humidity and fog, the cooler temps helped propel me into all things pumpkin and goblin. Teenagers and other brave humans are...

It Takes a Village… and then some!

It Takes a Village… and then some!

BY: RACHEL WUMKES By now, you should have all recovered from the fun that was Clear Lake’s Harvest Festival celebration.  The day, which celebrated its 17th anniversary of this premier event, was above and beyond a huge success.  People came out in droves to peruse...

Harvest Festival Eve

Harvest Festival Eve

BY: RACHEL WUMKES I’m not referring to today as Friday.  While Friday normally gives me heart-palpitations of excitement and wonder for the weekend ahead, this week is different.  This week is something special, a whole year in the making. This week… it’s Harvest...