Water Sports

There are endless ways to enjoy your time on the water in Okoboji. Relax on a sunset cruise or take the family boating, fishing or swimming. Looking for some adventure? Try sailing, water-skiing, parasailing, canoeing, kayaking or wakeboarding. It’s all here! With over 15,000 acres of glacier-carved lakes, Okoboji’s got something for everyone.

No boat? No worries! Speed/pleasure boats, pontoon boats and paddle boats can all be rented throughout the Iowa Great Lakes.


The Iowa Great Lakes Trail is recognized nationally as the 5,000th mile of Rails to Trails. Whether you’re a biker, hiker, runner, cross country skier or snowmobiler, you can plan a leisurely ride or an adventure along the Iowa Great Lakes’ trails. All trails are safe places for families to enjoy the outdoors while taking in the vast scenic views.

No ordinary trails. Much of the Iowa Great Lakes Trail also serves as a historical landscape and wildlife preserve. Enjoy picnic and playground areas and large open meadows.

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Fishing & Hunting

Fishing Okoboji is sure to hook any angler. When you’re on East Lake, West Lake, Big Spirit Lake or any of the Iowa Great Lakes, be ready to reel! From walleye in Trapper’s Bay and bluegills in Buffalo Run to trophy northern in Trickle Slough, it’s easy to plan your next fishing adventure.

Not sure where to drop your line? Take the family on a guided charter and you’re sure to land that first fish. Plan a corporate fishing outing and experience team building like never before!

Remember, the cold only adds to the fun in Okoboji! Try your hand at ice fishing.

Abundant public hunting areas throughout Okoboji attract hunters from far and wide in pursuit of fruitful waterfowl and upland game. Okoboji autumns, winters and springs are filled with the best of white tailed deer, pheasant, duck and turkey hunting.


Pick A Course, Any Course! If it’s the links you crave, Okoboji’s beautifully rolling golf courses offer beginners and seasoned veterans THE golf experience of any season. With over a half-dozen manicured courses to choose from, Okoboji golf offers a unique blend of challenging play and family fun.

Looking to improve your game? Schedule a private lesson with the course pros and shave a few strokes off your next round. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, enter one of the numerous golf tournaments held throughout the year.

Want to take the kids? No problem! Choose from several par 3 courses, and don’t rule out golfing on a smaller scale. The Okoboji area is home to some of the region’s best miniature golf courses.

Winter Fun

When it gets cold it gets crazy in Okoboji! You don’t want to miss the University of Okoboji Winter Games held each January. Broomball, miniature golf on ice, softball, snowmobile races, flag football, snowy bike rides, snow shoe hikes, ice bowling and many other wacky fun winter events are sure to make the Winter Games a “must do” on your calendar. Make your reservations today.

Can’t make it for the Games? Okoboji winters are filled with ice fishing, dog sledding and snowmobiling!

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