Vacation in Okoboji on beautiful East Okoboji Lake. East Lake Okoboji begins on the north end in Spirit Lake, IA, mere feet from Big Spirit Lake. Visitors often ask the question why Big Spirit is not part of the chain of lakes. The reason is that because of how the lakes were formed, Big Spirit actually sits higher than East Lake, and thus if there were a "canal" dug between Big Spirit and East Lake, Big Spirit Lake would literally drain into East Lake. East Lake covers over 1800 acres of land, has an average depth of 10 ft with maximum depth of 22 ft, far different from West Lake Okoboji. Land on East Lake will run about $4000-$8000 a linear foot depending on location, approach to the lake, etc. Popular areas and attractions on East Lake include Francis Sites, Arthur Heights, East Oaks Estates, Moore Lake Development, Kelly's Beach, Loch Knolls, Pioneer Beach, Bridges Bay, The Barefoot Bar, Parks Marina, Mau Marine, The Ritz, and much, much more. East Lake is known for having fantastic fishing and on it's southern end connects to Upper Gar, and West Lake Okoboji.
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.
The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region, especially for bullheads.