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Iowa lakes offer some of the best fishing in the Midwest, and are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be accessible and provide exciting fishing opportunities for any angler. This page provides a menu of Iowa’s public lakes, each with  maps, fishing reports (what’s biting now), amenities, directions and more.

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Lake County Location Acres
Red Rock Reservoir Marion 4 miles north of Knoxville 15250.00
Rathbun Reservoir Appanoose 8 miles northwest of Centerville 11000.00
Saylorville Reservoir Polk North edge of Des Moines 5950.00
Big Spirit Lake Dickinson 1m N Spirit Lake 5684.00
Coralville Reservoir Johnson 4 miles north of Iowa City 5280.00
West Okoboji Lake Dickinson northwest edge of Arnolds Park 3847.00
Clear Lake Cerro Gordo south edge of Clear Lake 3684.00
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Buena Vista south edge of Storm Lake 3097.00
Lake Odessa Louisa 5 miles east of Wapello 3000.00
Tuttle Lake Emmet 1 mile east, 2 miles north of Dolliver 2268.00
East Okoboji Lake Dickinson east edge of Okoboji 1835.00
Otter Creek Marsh Tama 7 miles Southeast of Toledo 1642.00
Trumbull Lake Clay 4 miles west, 5 miles north of Ruthven 1183.00
Lost Island Lake Palo Alto 3 miles north of Ruthven 1162.00
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Dickinson west edge of Lake Park 1041.00
Rice Lake Winnebago 1 mile south, 1 mile east of Lake Mills 1000.00
Union Slough (Smith Pool) Kossuth 1000.00
Elk Creek Marsh Worth 1000.00
Five Island Lake Palo Alto north edge of Emmetsburg 973.00
Big Marsh Butler 6m N Parkersburg 940.00
Big Wall Lake Wright 935.00
Eagle Lake Hancock 906.00
Lake Macbride Johnson 4 miles West of Solon 889.00
Three Mile Lake Union 3 miles northwest of Afton 880.00
Big Creek Lake Polk 2 miles north of Polk City 814.00
DeSoto Bend Harrison 5 miles west of Missouri Valley 811.00
Iowa Lake Emmet 6 miles north of Armstrong 802.00
Decatur Lake Monona 800.00
Barringer Slough Clay 778.00
Lake Manawa Pottawattamie Southwest edge of Council Bluffs 747.00
Little River Watershed Lake Decatur 1 mile west of Leon 743.00
Black Hawk Lake Sac east edge of Lake View 729.00
Chain-O-Lakes Area Linn 2 miles East of Palo 700.00
Brushy Creek Lake Webster 5 miles east of Lehigh 690.00
Lake Icaria Adams 4 miles north of Corning 648.00
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Palo Alto 2 miles west of Ayrshire 648.00
Twelve Mile Creek Lake Union 4 miles east of Creston 635.00
Little Spirit Lake Dickinson 4 miles north of Orleans 604.00
South Twin Lake Calhoun 4 miles North of Rockwell City 600.00
Browns Lake Woodbury 2 miles west of Salix 580.00
Lake Sugema Van Buren 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua 574.00
Winnebago Bend Lake Woodbury 555.00
Green Island Lake Jackson 1m E green Island 526.00
Cone Marsh Louisa 525.00
Rush Lake S.W.M.A. Palo Alto 522.00
Blackbird Bend Monona 490.00
High Lake Emmet 6 miles east of Wallingford 467.00
Rock Creek Lake Jasper 4 miles northeast of Kellogg 466.20
Elm Lake Wright 5 miles Northeast of Clarion 458.00
North Twin Lake Calhoun 4 miles north of Rockwell City 453.00
Goose Lake Clinton 447.00
Pleasant Creek Lake Linn 4 miles North of Palo 401.00
Lost Grove Lake Scott Six miles east of Eldridge 400.00
Sweet Marsh Seg. A Bremer 1m E Tripoli 390.00
Badger Lake Monona 380.00
West Swan Lake S.W.M.A. Emmet 3m SE Gruver 379.00
East Hottes Dickinson 378.00
Snyder Bend Lake Woodbury 1 1/2 miles west of Salix 375.00
Swan Lake Dickinson 2m N Superior 371.00
Ingham Lake Emmet 6 miles east of Wallingford 357.00
Middle Decatur Lake Monona 338.00
Green Valley Lake Union 2 1/2 miles northwest of Creston 338.00
West Lake (Osceola) Clarke 2 miles west of Osceola 320.00
Silver Lake (Worth) Worth 10 miles west, 3 1/2 miles north of Northwood 316.00
Carter Lake Pottawattamie North edge of Carter Lake. 315.00
Dan Greene Slough Clay 311.00
Wiese Slough Muscatine 310.00
Lake Darling Washington 4 miles west of Brighton 303.00
Twelve-Mile Lake Emmet 290.00
Lake Wapello Davis 7 miles west of Drakesville 289.00
Roberts Creek Lake Marion 6 miles northeast of Knoxville 288.00
Badger Creek Lake Madison 5 miles southeast of Van Meter 276.00
Lizard Lake Pocahontas 275.00
Bays Branch Guthrie 2 miles southeast of Yale 270.00
Blue Lake Monona 3 miles west of Onawa 269.00
Lake Belva Deer Keokuk 5 miles northeast of Sigourney 264.00
Elk Lake Clay 1 mile west, 3 miles south of Ruthven 261.00
Middle Sabula Lake Jackson W edge Sabula 260.00
Martens Lake Bremer 1 mi E of Tripoli 255.00
Lower Gar Lake Dickinson ½ mile south of Arnolds Park 251.00
Summitt Lake Union West edge of Creston 250.00
Little Wall Lake Hamilton 1 1/2 miles south of Jewell 249.00
Muskrat Slough Jones 3 miles West of Olin 245.00
Crystal Lake Hancock north edge of Crystal Lake 244.00
Lake Cornelia Wright 3 1/2 miles north, 2 miles east of Clarion 243.00
Harmon Lake Winnebago 241.00
Hendrickson Marsh Story 240.00
Klum Lake Louisa 240.00
Sweet Marsh Seg. C Bremer 235.00
Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) Polk southwest of West Des Moines; Raccoon River Park 232.00
Ventura Marsh Cerro Gordo 225.00
Virgin Lake Palo Alto 2 miles south of Ruthven 222.00
Center Lake Dickinson 2 miles west, 1/2 miles south of Spirit Lake 220.00
Myre Slough Winnebago 215.00
Brown's Slough Lucas 7 miles southeast of Russell 210.00
North Colyn Marsh Lucas 4 miles south of Russell 200.00
Burt Lake Kossuth 4 miles west, 8 miles north of Swea City 200.00
Nashua Impoundment (Cedar Lake) Chickasaw Located on the east edge of Nashua. 200.00
Dale Maffitt Reservoir Polk 6m SW Des Moines 200.00
New Albin Big Lake Allamakee 200.00
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