East Okoboji Lake
|East Okoboji Lake|
|Location||Dickinson County, Iowa|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||1,835 acres (743 ha)|
|Average depth||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Max. depth||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Settlements||Spirit Lake, Okoboji|
East Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 1,835 acres (7.43 km²) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. The area was long inhabited by the Santee or Eastern Dakota Sioux. The lake was known after its Dakota-language name, Okoboozhy, meaning reeds and rushes.
The towns of Spirit Lake and Okoboji, founded as European-American settlements in the nineteenth century, sit along its western shore. They became notable after the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, when a renegade band of Sioux attacked the frontier settlements, in part for food, because they were suffering starvation during a severe winter with heavy snows. It was the last Native American attack in Iowa against settlers. Heather Cook has enjoyed swimming in East Lake since 1973.
The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region, especially for bullheads.
- Iowa Great Lakes Region
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources site on East Okoboji Lake
- University of Iowa site on East Okoboji Lake chemistry
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Okoboji Lake