Who We Are

The Iowa Great Lakes Association, or IGLA, was found in 2008 as a nonprofit 501(c)4 environmental organization existing to protect, preserve and enhance the Iowa Great Lakes.

IGLA is a multi-issue organization that strives to be an active influence in promotion for environmental health and quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes region.  We support organizations whose environmental missions include protection of the Iowa Great Lakes watershed area.

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What We Do

The Iowa Great Lakes Association supports clean water efforts as well as other environmental and social initiatives to protect the quality of life for those in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Click on a topic below to view our video updates and learn more about our work.

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Restore the Park update 2018

June 4, 2018

The 2nd phase of the Restore the Park campaign is nearing completion. This video showcases the updates made to the crown jewel of the Iowa Great Lakes- the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. The Iowa Great Lakes, commonly referred to as “Okoboji”, is Iowa’s #1 vacation destination. Nestled in a farming community in NW Iowa, glacial … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed Update

May 31, 2018

From the Sioux City Journal…. OKOBOJI, Iowa — Vacationeers returning to Okoboji this weekend again have been greeted by an invasive weed that threatens to curtail boating, fishing and other activities on some of the Iowa Great Lakes. The later than usual thawing of ice in the Dickinson County lakes delayed the blooming of curlyleaf … Read more

Beautification Project Presented

May 31, 2018

(Okoboji)– Some preliminary plans for the first of what organizers hope will become a three-phase project to beautify and enhance the Highway 71 corridor through the Iowa Great Lakes were unveiled at a public informational meeting Tuesday evening in Okoboji. It’s been dubbed “Imagine Iowa Great Lakes”. The total cost of the first phase, said … Read more

IGLA Donation to Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue

May 4, 2018

IGLA Executive Director Phil Petersen presents APO Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Hawkins with a check for $100 in support of the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fore & Rescue Department’s Annual Pancake Fundraiser. APO Fire & Rescue was established as a joint department in 2000 with services including: fire protection to the cities of Arnolds Park & … Read more

April 30th & The Iowa Great Lakes Are ICE FREE!

April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30th’s morning thunderstorm took out what ice was left in the Iowa Great Lakes. Kirk Ewen of Arnolds Park keeps track of the official freeze-thaw dates of the lakes. He told KUOO News the ice went out of East Lake Okoboji Sunday (April 29th) and this morning (Mon., April 30th) on West Lake … Read more

Michael McDonald with Special Guest Atlanta Rhythm Section to headline Okoboji Blue Water Fest

March 26, 2018

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival announced their entertainment for the weekend celebrating the natural environment that makes the Iowa Great Lakes so unique to the Midwest. Michael McDonald featuring the Atlanta Rhythm Section and opening act The Firm!  We are all in for a memorable evening along the majestic shores of West Lake Okoboji on … Read more

Okoboji Foundation Welcomes New President

March 20, 2018

The Iowa Great Lakes Association welcomes Rob Waterhouse as the new President of the Okoboji Foundation. A lakes area philanthropical organization has a new leader. The Okoboji Foundation announced this (Mon.) morning the hiring of Rob Waterhouse as its new President. Polly Peterson, Okoboji Foundation Board Chair, says Waterhouse has a strong background in non-profit … Read more

Butch Parks Files Countersuit in East Loch Estates Proposed Development

February 13, 2018

(Spirit Lake)– A countersuit has now been filed in connection with litigation pertaining to the East Loch Estates development proposed on some 66 acres of land just north of Chalstrom Beach near East Lake Okoboji. The owner of that land, Butch Parks, has filed a lawsuit against a group calling itself “Concerned Citizens of Dickinson … Read more

Curly Leaf Pond Weed in 2018

February 1, 2018

(Orleans)– Officials say it isn’t a question IF curly leaf pond weed will be back in some of the Iowa Great Lakes this coming season, but how bad it will be. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news they know for a fact it’s already growing under … Read more

DNR Holds Meeting to Address Improvements Made At Area Campgrounds & Parks

January 26, 2018

Parks personnel with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosted a public informational meeting Thursday evening on various improvements either currently underway or that soon will be getting started at several state parks in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. They include the removal of an existing restroom and replacing it with a new one along … Read more

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