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Spirit Lake Fisheries Management Office 

122 -  252nd Ave.
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
(712) 336-1840
(712) 336-0921 (fax)


The Spirit Lake Fisheries Management Station is located at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery near Orleans. The team consists of a supervisor, biologist, technician, AmeriCorps member, and secretary. They manage public fishing waters in Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, and Plymouth Counties. Some of the larger and more popular bodies of water in this area are: Big Spirit Lake, East Okoboji, West Okoboji, Lost Island Lake, Five Island Lake, Silver Lake (Dickinson), and the Little Sioux and West Fork Des Moines Rivers. A few of the activities undertaken by this management team include: 
  • Surveying and assessing fish populations in lakes and rivers
  • Creel surveys on the Iowa Great Lakes
  • Watershed management and lake restoration of natural lakes
  • Shallow lakes management on several small natural lakes
  • Public outreach and education of aquatic resources 


    From left to right:  Regional Supervisor - Jim Wahl, Fisheries Technician - Jim Berquist, Secretary - Wendy Sander, Fisheries Biologist - Mike Hawkins 


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