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West Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately in area, in Dickinson Countymarker in northwest Iowamarker in the United Statesmarker. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakesmarker. The cities of Arnolds Parkmarker, Okobojimarker, West Okobojimarker, and Wahpetonmarker sit on its shore. The Dakotah Indian name for the lake was Minnetonka, meaning "great waters".

Its maximum depth is , making it the deepest lake in Iowa and second in size only to Spirit Lakemarker. The mean depth is . The drainage area of the lake is approximately .


Geologically, the lake, like its neighbors, is a glacial pothole, a remnant of the most recent ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.


West Okoboji is often considered to be one of three blue water lakes in the world. The other two are Lake Genevamarker in Switzerland and Lake Louise in Canada.

The depth of the lake makes it a popular regional destination for motor boating, water skiing, sailing, and swimming. The lake is also a popular fishing destination in the region. The main catches in the lake are yellow perch, bluegill, and walleye. It also contains significant populations of smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie and white bass, black bass.

In pop culture

An episode of the X-Files ("Conduit") mentions the lake, and when typeset as a setting, it appears on screen spelled differently as "Lake Okobogee, Iowa".


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