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Storm Lake is located in Buena Vista County in Northwest Iowa. Hiway 71 goes right through the heart of Storm Lake. Storm Lake is not a major city having a population of only 8,769 but it is a resort area where one can relax and find entertainment.

Storm Lake, of course, does have a rather stormy lake. Storm Lake is known for its fair share of chopping white waves making for a stormy lake experience. Storm Lake boasts a 3096 acre lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has this lake listed as being a natural lake.

Storm Lake also boasts modern campsites and not so modern campsites. Plenty of showers, playgrounds, public restrooms, biking and walking trails and shelter houses are available. Boating of course is allowed on the lake, with no size restriction on the motor. The boat ramps have a hard surface which makes it much easier for docking and launching your boat. As to fish in the lake, you will find Channel Cat, Walleye, White Bass, Crappie and Bullhead.

Storm Lake also has ten parks available to the public as well as tennis courts and a municipal Swimming Pool. All the municipal tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts are on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are no reservations for these courts.

Some of the parks are:

Emerald Park which has 3 lighted tennis courts and one basketball court.

Chautauqua Park has 2 lighted courts with one practice court

Sunrise Park

Frank Starr Park

Storm Lake also has swimming beaches with a small beach across from the campground in Sunrise Park which is at the eastern end of the lake. There is also a bandshell located in Sunset Park and this can be reserved. And you can also walk around and look at the beautiful display of trees and bushes they have planted. There are also softball, soccer and baseball fields available for public use.

Also just a short drive from Storm Lake you will find Arnold's Park, a very nice Amusement Park.

Storm Lakes motels consit of:
Amerihost Inn, 1726 Lake Ave, (712-732-1000)
Budget Inn Motel, 1504 N Lake Ave, (712-732-2505)
Crossroads Motel, 1323 Highway 3, (712-732-1456)
Palace Motel, 1601 E Lakeshore Dr, (712-732-5753)
Sail Inn Motel, 1015 E Lakeshore Dr, (712-732-1160)
Super 8 Motel, 101 W Milwaukee Ave, (712-732-3063)
Vista Economy Inn Motel, 1316 N Lake Ave, (712-732-2342)

You will also find a variety of eating places, Godfather's Pizza, Honey Kissed Pizza, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King, and many more places to eat.

Storm Lake has a population of 10,000 and is also the home of Buena Vista Univeristy.

The people are all friendly and welcome visitors.