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Lake Information for Clear Lake


Clear Lake is the name of a natural body of water located in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa near Clear Lake, Iowa. It is approximately 3,684 acres (15 km2) in size. It is a popular fishing destination, with walleye, bullhead, yellow bass and channel catfish. People from Des Moines, IA and The Twin Cities, Minnesota have had homes on the shores of the lake since the 1870's. The average depth is 10 feet (3 m) and the maximum depth is 19 feet (6 m). The lake has 13.6 mi (22 km) of shoreline. Clear Lake State Park is located on the shores of the lake. As of 2004, the lake has had major efforts undergone to restore it's natural clarity, including filtration systems and education of local farmers to reduce toxic pesticides from entering the lake.

There are several notable communities located on the lakefront, including Bell Harbor, and Dodge's Point, both are locations of summer estates for several notable families, such as the Ruans and Boesens. Two other notable communities on the waterfront include The Venetian Village and The Harborage. Both of these sit on man made canals and harbors on the northern shore of the lake.

Clear Lake is home to the Clear Lake Yacht Club, a sailing club in downtown Clear Lake, Iowa. Many members race and equally informally cruise the large lake. Each weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the course is set on the main basin of the lake and boats can be seen racing for miles. Another sailing main stay (No pun intended), is the Cougar Bay beach. The 250 foot beach is home to 60 to 100Hobie Catamaran sailboats during the summer months. Clear Lake is the highest point in Cerro Gordo County, IA, making wind always common on the water, and therefore a sailor's paradise.

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Major species in Clear Lake are bullhead, channel catfish, walleye, and yellow bass.

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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    South Shore Bait & Tackle
  • 1205 S Shore Dr - Clear Lake, IA
  • (641) 357-7350
    Crazy Minnow Company
  • 504 Us-18 E - Clear Lake, IA
  • (641) 357-2248
    Tom's Tackle
  • 36429 200th Ave - Forest City, IA
  • (641) 581-5203

Boat Rental

    Kemmerer Marine Incorporated
  • 915 N 40th St - Clear Lake, IA
  • (641) 357-3180
    O'Brien Boat Shop
  • 101 S 1st St - Greene, IA
  • (641) 823-4253

Vacation Rental

    Lake Country Inn
  • 518 18th St W - Clear Lake, IA
  • (641) 357-2184
    Budget Inn
  • 1306 N 25th St - Clear Lake, IA
  • (641) 357-8700

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