East Okoboji Shore Project

Help protect the natural shoreline and character of the lake along East Okoboji Lake

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) has secured an option to purchase 50 acres on the shores of East Okoboji Lake in Dickinson County. INHF must raise all funds through donations or pledges by September 7, 2021 to purchase the property outright.

East Okoboji Shore

The property includes 2,020 feet of natural shoreline -  the last remaining undeveloped, private-owned stretch of shoreline on East Okoboji Lake - set against open grassland and mature trees. Protection of this land would alleviate development pressure from the area, buffer Elinor Bedell State Park and preserve the scenic beauty and natural character of the lake while helping to improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

East okoboji Shore map

Management and Restoration:

If enough funds are raised to protect the site, INHF will own, restore and steward the property's prairie and oak savanna. There will likely be low-impact public use, but the land will primarily be managed to maintain wildlife habitat and protect water quality. INHF will work with Dickinson County Conservation to place a conservation easement on the property, which will protect the land in its natural state in perpetuity.


More progress nearby

INHF is also protecting and restoring 208 acres in and around the Iowa Great Lakes. Learn more about these projects: