Services & Amenities:
Emerson Bay is located near the Iowa Great Lakes Bike Trail System and is only one mile from the Barney Peterson Nature Trail at Gull Point State Park.
Emerson Bay's beach provides a fine place for young and old to sunbathe and splash in the crystal clear water of West Okoboji. Emerson Bay also hosts one of the most popular areas to launch a boat onto the Iowa Great Lakes chain.
West Okoboji and the many other lakes in the area are some of the prime fishing spots in Iowa. Anglers will find challenging sport pursuing a variety of game fish including walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, catfish, and bullheads. Boating is also very popular on the lakes using everything from canoes to sailboats and ski rigs.
The "lakes area" of northwest Iowa offers a tremendous array of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round. The unique setting of beautiful clear East and West Okoboji Lakes, Big Spirit Lake and other water bodies truly provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Emerson Bay is a great place for a family picnic. Emerson Bay Lighthouse Point has a reservable shelter. This shelter is also conveniently located near a sand beach, an open grass recreation area, and a playground. The Lighthouse Tower also provides the user with a spectacular view of West Okoboji Lake.
The Emerson Bay campground is one of the most popular in the state. It is well shaded and features paved roads, playground equipment, boat ramps, modern restroom and shower facilities, as well as a sewage dump station. All sites offer 50 amp electric services and 23 feature sewer and water hook-ups as well.
Spirit Lake, Milford, Wahpeton, Okoboji, West Okoboji and Arnolds Park