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

  • 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.

Recycling

  • 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!

2022 Tax Season is Upon Us

2022 Tax Season is Upon Us

Here we go again! BY: RACHEL WUMKES As if the frigid cold blasting across the plains of the Midwest was not depressing enough, it seems we’ve come upon the dreaded tax season once again. Just one time, wouldn’t it be fun to skip it?  Seriously, I think I’m onto...

Another Friday at the Lake

Another Friday at the Lake

BY: RACHEL WUMKES Thankfully, this week seemed to slide by in a little better fashion than the previous weeks of January.  Except with it came a bout of dreaded cold weather.  You know, the kind where your nose hairs freeze the moment you step outside?  I shudder to...

Meet the Clear Lake Area of Commerce Chamber Team

Meet the Clear Lake Area of Commerce Chamber Team

Working together to make our community a fantastic place to live, work and play! BY: RACHEL WUMKES You’ve likely seen us running around during events.  We are the ones answering the questions, solving the problems, and trying to have all the fun at the same time!...

Doughan Completes First Year at Institute for Organization Management

Stacy Doughan of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Completes First Year at Institute for Organization Management A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the...

A Focus on Mental Health

A Focus on Mental Health

BY: RACHEL WUMKES It’s officially the most depressing time of the year.  You’ve likely heard of the “winter blues” which boils down to simply feeling blah during the cold, gloomy months. I get it.  You just rode the awesome high of the holidays.  You dreamt of fluffy...