Welcome New Member! – Cottage Gardens

Welcome New Member: Cottage Gardens! We’re glad to have you as a member and look forward to partnering with you!

Cottage Gardens was established in 1998 with a hobby-sized greenhouse and has continued to grow in size, experience and satisfied customers.

Their plant selection has grown from annuals and garden vegetables to include herbs, perennials and ornamental shrubs. They feature beautiful hanging baskets and a wide variety of colorful containers as well as garden accessories and yardscaping services.

Stop in today and check out their great selection!

805 21st St
Milford, IA 51351

G.O.L.F. 2020 – That’s a Wrap!

We had such a blast at Okoboji View Golf Course last Friday for our 2020 Great Okoboji Lakes Finale (G.O.L.F.) Tournament! 🤩

120 golfers, 73 sponsors, and endless amounts of laughter. We are already counting down the days until next year’s event!! ⛳️ Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, and volunteered!

Head over to our Facebook page to see a full album of pictures and a wrap up video!


Congratulations to our winning teams!

First Flight: 1st Place – Okoboji View, 2nd Place – Atlantic Bottling, 3rd Place – Dry Dock

Second Flight: 1st Place – Liberty National Bank, 2nd Place – Ben Brant Construction, 3rd Place – Team Billdoh

Third Flight: 1st Place – Team Cabinutz, 2nd Place – F45 Fitness, 3rd Place – No Streaking Okoboji

Welcome New Member! – Be Radiant

Welcome New Member: BE RADIANT Laser Skin Studio! We’re glad to have you as a member and look forward to partnering with you!

Cathy Thee opened Be Radiant Laser Skin Studio in 2016 to pursue her passion of helping men, women and teens feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. She offers FREE CONSULTATIONS to discuss your skin care needs and help guide you through the services that are right for you. Give her a call today at 712-339-5894!

BeRadiant Laser Skin Studio
1015 HWY 71 S
Okoboji, IA 51355

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The Iowa Great Lakes Fall Festival is BACK!

Mark your calendars for a SPOOK-tacular event for the whole family! The Iowa Great Lakes Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Camp Foster YMCA. This is event is FREE to the public and promises a fun, family-friendly, festive, Fall time!

Local businesses and organizations will set up booths and hand out candy and goodies, provide games and activities, food and refreshments and even a s’mores station.

The IGLA Chamber is currently seeking sponsors and vendor booths for this fun, family-friendly, fall festivity. Space is limited and booths are filling up fast. Don’t miss your chance to give back to the community and promote your business.

Interested businesses should contact Kiley Zankowski by phone at (712) 332-2107 or email at kiley@okobojichamber.com.

Visit www.okobojichamber.com for more information.

Calling All Vendors!

Registration is now open for the 1st Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Outdoor Vendor Show! Join us in Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park to showcase your products or services. Applications are available online at www.UofOOktoberfest.com. Space is limited, so apply today!

Fall fun is right around the corner in the Iowa Great Lakes. Join us on Saturday, September 26th. With live music, games and activities you’re sure to have a blast from 12:00 – 4:00PM. Call up your friends, gather your family, and make your way to the Iowa Great Lakes! This year is filled with so many new activities for attendees of all ages to enjoy. You won’t want to miss out!

Visit www.uofooktoberfest.com for a full schedule of events, registration information, and more. If your business is interested in sponsorship opportunities to increase brand awareness for your business, please contact kiley@okobojichamber.com or call 712-332-2107!

Oktoberfest Registration is Open!

The 29th Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest registration is OPEN!
University of Okoboji Oktoberfest originated 29 years ago with the bike ride. Cyclists have been able to experience the Iowa Great Lakes area in all of its fun & beauty even after what most people recognize as the “summer season” for Okoboji. With the leaves changing to their breath-taking shades of colors to the glistening waters of the lakes, Okoboji is definitely the place to be this fall! Join us for a weekend of the classic bike ride, live music, food, drinks, games and activities.
Don’t miss your chance to save!
Registration is $30 per person through September 17th and includes bike ride, t-shirt and 1 drink ticket.
Starting September 18th, the cost per person increases to $35 (t-shirts are not guaranteed).
Register early to save!
8 AM – 9:45 AM: Bike Ride Check-in
8:30 AM – 1 PM: Farmers Market in the Park
10 AM – 12 PM: Bike Ride
12 PM – 4 PM: Live music, Bavarian food options, drinks, games & activities!
Enjoy additional Oktoberfest festivities at area bars, restaurants, shopping centers, and other businesses throughout the entire weekend!

Win a FREE Registration for Two!

Registration for University of Okoboji Oktoberfest 2020 opens in less than a week and we are so excited we want to give away a FREE registration.

What’s up for grabs? – FREE Oktoberfest registration for one lucky winner AND a friend! This includes bike ride registration, t-shirt, and drink ticket!

How can you win? – It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. “Like” the University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Facebook Page
  2. Tag a friend in the contest post
  3. Share the contest post

Easy. Peasy.

Registration opens Saturday, August 1st and a random winner will be chosen THIS FRIDAY, July 31st. Be sure to also sign up for our email newsletter to stay up-to-date on all things Oktoberfest! https://uofooktoberfest.com


Tagged Walleye Caught

The Prize Remains

May 20, 2020


The first tagged walleye was caught! Tim from Sioux City turned in the walleye at Stan’s Bait & Tackle this morning and the tag was confirmed. Unfortunately he wasn’t registered for the Extended Contest, so the $2,200 prize for the first tagged walleye is still available!

And then there were 8

June 1, 2020


Gene Weitsma, who lives on Big Spirit Lake, caught a tagged walleye at 9:30pm on Sunday night. Gene caught the walleye on Big Spirit Lake, cleaned it in the dark and brought the tag to Kabele’s Trading Post this morning. He was not entered in the extended contest, which means the prize money is still up for grabs!

Another One!

June 27, 2020

AND ANOTHER ONE! Scott Kuhnert from Brandon, South Dakota caught a tagged walleye on the north end of Big Spirit Lake today and reported the catch to Kabele’s Trading Post & Lodge! The walleye was caught using a slow death hook and crawlers.

Scott and his family have a cabin on Big Spirit and this is the first year in 15 YEARS that Scott did not register for Walleye Weekend (due to it being canceled). Scott was also not registered for the Extended Contest, and because he’s such a nice guy, he released the walleye back into the lake so a registered angler can still have the opportunity.

So, that means there are STILL 8 tagged walleye out there folks along with the prize money! Go get ’em!

Big Bangs Cost Big Bucks! Donate to the 4th of July Fireworks!

Donate to the July 4 Fireworks


Help the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber light the night sky this 4th of July over majestic West Lake Okoboji!

The countdown is on… 0 days left!

Donations of $250+ will be acknowledged on the KUOO Patriotic Radio Montage beginning at 10:07 p.m. on 103.9 FM.

If you would like to contribute to this Lakes area tradition, click on the donate button below:

Donations may be mailed to:
Okoboji Fireworks
PO Box 9
Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Click here to make a donation online.

G.O.L.F. Tournament

The IGL Chamber is thrilled to be bringing back the Great Okoboji Lakes Finale (G.O.L.F.) Tournament. It will be held on Friday, September 4th at Okoboji View Golf Course.

Teams of 4 will enjoy an afternoon of 4-person best shot, guaranteed 2-putt golf. Cost is $75/person, or $300/team. Teams are encouraged to embrace the “Tailgate” theme and wear the colors or apparel of their favorite team!

Registration Opens July 1st!

Click Here to Register your team or sponsor a tee box!


Day of Schedule:

11:00am – Lunch & Registration Check-In

12:00pm – Putting Contest & Announcements

12:15pm – Shot Gun Start

Awards & Social to follow

Click Here to view the 2019 Highlight video.


Thank you to our 2019 G.O.L.F. Sponsors!

Flag Sponsor: Northwest Bank

Drink Ticket Sponsor: Ben Brant Construction

Lunch Sponsor: Bank Midwest

Golf Cart Sponsor: Central Bank

Scorecard Sponsor: Lakes Marketing & Print

Beverage Cart Sponsor: Liberty National Bank

Beverage Cart Sponsor: United Community Bank

Putting Contest Sponsor: GrapeTree Medical Staffing

Party Hole Sponsor: Sazerac Liquor Distributing – Fireball

Tee Box Sponsors: Alliant Energy, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Bank Midwest, Central Bank, Central Insurance, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, Farmers Savings Bank, GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Hy-Vee, Keelson Harbour, Land Mark Products, Northwest Bank, Pure Fishing, Ruthven Locker, United Community Bank, Stauss Realty, Wal-Mart, Office Systems Co, Outrigger, MHR Insurance, Beck Engineering, Okoboji Motor Company, Advanced Network Professionals, Dowden-Hinn Realtors, Lakes News Shopper, Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home & Crematory, Williams & Co. CPA, Winther Stave & Co, ServPro, The State Bank, Pizza Ranch, Spirit Lake Chiropractic Clinic, Great Lakes Motor Company, Premier Communications, Consumers Lumber, Shore Station of Okoboji, IGL Teleconnect, Business Today, Service Master by Rice, Exit Realty, Erpelding Voigt & Co, Plumb Supply, Fareway, Okoboji Physical Therapy, Kozy Heat, Great Lakes Concrete, Harvey’s Five Star Roofing, Midwest Technologies, Bedell Family YMCA, Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, Smokin’ Jakes