Walleye Weekend 2021 – That’s a Wrap!

The 39th Annual Walleye Weekend was an enjoyable and successful kick-off to the Walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes Area.
Although a tagged walleye wasn’t caught and the Grand Prize wasn’t awarded, the weekend turned out to be a record-breaking achievement thanks to the fantastic weather and the turnout of 2,246 anglers from 20 different states.
We would like to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the efforts that went into making the weekend a success.
Thank you to our sponsors: The City of Arnolds Park, Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine Service and Sales, Inc., Oak Hill Outdoor, Pure Fishing, Alliant Energy, Okoboji Inn & Suites, MC22 Northwest Iowa, Stan’s Bait & Tackle, and Okoboji Motor Company.
Additional thanks to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Dickinson County Cattlemen, Waterfront Grille & Event Center, CC Screen Printing, and the Dickinson County Fairgrounds for contributing to another successful year as well asKUOO Campus Radio, Newsradio 1240 KICD, KILR-FM (Estherville), MC22 Northwest Iowa, The Dickinson County News, Lakes News Shopper and Vacation Okoboji for their promotions of the event.
Thank you to all bait shops and weigh-in stations that we are fortunate enough to work with: Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Oak Hill Outdoor, Kabele’s Trading Post & Lodge, Stan’s Bait & Tackle. Thank you to Pure Fishing for generously donating over $3,500 in prizes for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the heaviest fish categories.
Thank you as well to the many Chamber members who donated a variety of items to the prize packages given out at the Awards Luncheon. With your help, we were able to award over 100 raffle prizes!
Thank you to the dedicated Iowa Navy Commodores and other volunteers for their time spent registering participants late into the night on Friday and for their additional help at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday.
Thank you to ALL of you for taking part in the 39th Annual Walleye Weekend. Mark your calendars for the 40th Annual Walleye Weekend May 7-8, 2022!
Click here for results and more information on Walleye Weekend 2022!

Welcome New Member! – Okoboji Gas Company

Join us in welcoming the newest member to The Chamber of the Iowa Great Lakes: Okoboji Gas Company!

Okoboji Gas Company will be opening soon and bringing a new fuel stop and convenience store back to Hwy 86. Make sure to check out their Facebook page to see updates on their construction and what products they will have in store!

Welcome New Member! – Okoboji Sports and Collectibles

Join us in welcoming our newest member Okoboji Sports And Collectibles! We’re excited to welcome you to the Chamber family!

Okoboji Sports and Collectibles is a family owned business with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Located at 1203 Depot Ave in Okoboji, they are open for Buy, Sell or Trade. Stop in or give them a call today! 712-330-9640

Welcome New Member! – Okoboji Mattress Co.

Join us in welcoming new member Okoboji Mattress Co.!

Okoboji Mattress takes great pride in being a locally family owned store that cares about their customers. They are sleep specialty store that carries the number 1 best rated mattress brand in the world and offers a large selection of mattresses to meet every sleep preference.

Visit them today at their showroom at 3004 18th Street in Spirit Lake or give them a call at 712-260-2004.

U of O Homecoming Update

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns for the participants, volunteers, and spectators, the U of O Marathon, Triathlon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10K scheduled for July 17, 2021 will not be held.

All parties involved in this decision are incredibly proud of this event’s growth since its inception in 1978 and have a clear commitment to the event returning in 2022.

For more information, please contact Herman Richter at 712-330-4343 or

The Three Sons

(712) 338-2424.

Welcome New Member! – The Okoboji Cyclist

Join us in welcoming our newest member, The Okoboji Cyclist!

A shop full of good coffee, great people, and the best riders in the Midwest, The Okoboji Cyclist is your place to go for all things cycling: training, rentals, sales, and service, all under the same roof.

Beginning May 1, they will be in their new location. 922 Okoboji Ave in a Milford.

Visit them online at TheOkobojiCyclist.com or give them a call at (712) 332-9001.

Welcome New Member! – The Grove

Join us in welcoming our newest member The Grove – Okoboji! We’re so glad to have you as part of the team!

Complete with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, Fort Tread, corn pit, launchers, trike track, train rides, giant slides, Sheep Shed, yard games and more, this is definitely your family fun destination this fall in Okoboji!

OPEN Sat/Sun, Sept 19-Oct 31, 10am – 6pm
2071 220th Street, Milford, IA 51351
Cash entry. $10 12+, $8 2-11, free under 2

April Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with Central Bank?

Tammy Browning, joined our CEO, Blain Andera, to tell us about Central Bank’s Emerald Club and the fun activities and perks they have. For more information give Central Bank a call!

Blain then shared a few updates from the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber, on Walleye Weekend! This year’s tournament is scheduled for May 1-2, 2021 and includes a grand prize of $39,000 for catching on of the 10 tagged walleye! Visit www.okobojichamber.com for more information on this year’s event and to get registered today!

Click Here to listen for yourself and catch up now!

Welcome New Member! – dellapina

Join us in welcoming the newest member to The Chamber of the Iowa Great Lakes: Dellapina!

Located in the Central Emporium in Arnolds Park, Dellapina is your stop for Okoboji sterling silver jewelry as well as uniquely designed rings, necklaces, bracelets, charms and more!
Owner and designer, Marcy Costello, can design and create a custom piece of sterling silver jewelry just for you or you can shop their other items such as Alpaca goods and lake themed products.

Ribbon Cutting Event – The Bend

ONE WEEK! You’re invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at The Bend, LLC!
Join The Chamber of the Iowa Great Lakes and our Commodores on Tuesday, April 20th at 4pm for the official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a public open house until 6pm.
The Bend Event Barn and Bakery on the River at 1850 240th St., Milford, IA 51351
We look forward to seeing you all there!