Iowa Lakes Corridor Seasonal Activities

Seasonal Activities

Winter

Winter in the Iowa Lakes Corridor brings new indoor and outdoor opportunities – ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice skating, hockey, and more. Don’t miss the annual University of Okoboji Winter Games held the last weekend in January each year for a variety of outdoor activities including broomball, poker runs, spas on ice, a chili cook-off, a chocolate fest, cribbage tournament and the ceremonial burning of the greens. For more details, click here.

New in 2014 is the Boji Bay Ice Arena and home to Lakes Area Hockey.  Open skate nights and adult hockey nights are scheduled and watch the Lakes Area Hockey teams compete with regional teams.  Visit their website at www.bojibayice.com and check their Facebook page for regular updates.

For maps of snowmobile trails and cross country skiing trails, contact us at the Iowa Lakes Corridor.

Spring

If you are not into freezing your fanny and would rather hibernate in the winter, then spring time is probably your favorite! This is the time to get out and enjoy the fresh air by participating in the Okoboji Bike Ride, the taste of Storm Lake, sailing in the regatta. If you are not a sailor, you can enjoy the beautiful colors on the sails and let the lake breezes blow through your hair.

Golf courses will be gearing up so jump in a golf cart and enjoy one of the 18 golf courses in the region. Flagfest and other outdoor festivals begin in late Spring.

Summer

Summer in the Iowa Lakes Corridor is jammed full of things to do, places to go and people to see.

There are many lakes and rivers to enjoy boating, canoeing or kayaking. Bring your bike because no matter where you are in the Iowa Lakes Corridor you are able to find a safe bike path that includes incredible scenery. Play a round of golf at one of more than 18 golf courses in the area or play mini-golf or a tennis match with friends or family. Take a long walk or jog along the lakes or on the more than 200 miles of trails. Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy a lunch in a shady park, on your boat, or while fishing.

This time of year offers a rollercoaster of fun, mini golf, go carts, and more at Arnolds Park Amusement Park, the Ranch Amusement Park, and Treasure Village. Round-up your friends for paint ball or sand volleyball, bring your skateboard to one of the skateparks or go for a swim in our clear, blue lakes.

Our communities have festivals, parades, car shows, regattas, races, or other events every weekend, so there’s always things to do. Contact the Chambers of Commerce for more details.

Fall

Festivals, good food, fun people, great entertainment and beautiful weather make Fall a favorite time of year for residents in the Iowa Lakes Corridor.

Boating, golfing, hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and youth football are in full swing. Enjoy the great outdoors in the Iowa Lakes Corridor.

You can’t visit the Corridor region in the fall without attending ‘The World’s Best Fair,’ the Clay County Fair! This year, the fair will be held from Sept. 10-18. Enjoy live music at the Grandstand. Past performers have included Three Dog Night, Bret Michaels, Blake Shelton, Clay Aiken and more. Fill up on cheese curds, turkey legs, fried candy bars and smoothies. Send the kids to the Midway for games and rides, and check out the livestock exhibits, watch the rodeo and explore the commercial exhibits as well. The Clay County Fair is the largest county fair in Iowa, and has the second largest agricultural exposition in North America.