Big Spirit Lake, IA Real Estate

Big Spirit Lake Real Estate

As the largest natural lake in the state at 5,684 acres, Big Spirit Lake is tucked along the Minnesota border and draws many residents who enjoy numerous recreational activities. Of the three major lakes in the area, Big Spirit lake has less boat traffic than East and West Okoboji lakes, which gives homeowners the chance to enjoy a quieter, more peaceful lake lifestyle.


As the Sioux Indian legend goes, Big Spirit Lake was named for the spirits who were believed to have lived deep beneath the waters of the lake and who would quickly create violent storms and waves at a moment's notice when angered. The lake is primarily round with a diameter of three and a half to four miles and with a maximum depth of 24 feet. Even on windy days, the lake waters are perfect for swimming, fishing, skiing, sailing, boating and kiteboarding.

A wooden dock leading out to a lake at dusk.

Big Spirit Lake Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $1.2M
Lowest Price $765K
Highest Price $1.8M
Total Listings 4
Avg. Price/SQFT $417

Property Types (active listings)

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The rural and welcoming atmosphere surrounding Big Spirit Lake homes for sale can also be attributed to the fact that there is virtually no commercial development around the lake. Much of the woodlands and wetlands are protected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Big Spirit Lake real estate includes many individual properties along the shoreline as well as renovated fishing cottages from the mid-century and a few well-appointed condos that provide homeowners with several housing options. Although many year-round residents live along the southern shores of the lake, some live on the northern shores and many seasonal visitors often take up residence to the north. Hoien Realty encourages you to experience all Big Spirit Lake living has to offer.

At the high end of the Big Spirit Lake real estate market, expect to come across some of the most breathtaking properties in the Iowa Great Lakes. Million-dollar properties in this region have multi-million-dollar views! Expect to have well over 100’ of lake frontage, often located on lots over half an acre. Some of the upscale lakeshore estates tend to take on a rustic elegance mixed with a little bit of Okoboji charm. Homes in this league offer 4 to 6 bedrooms and bathrooms, providing plenty of space reaching up to 7,500 square feet. Though Big Spirit luxury real estate may vary, one thing is for sure and that is you’ll feel at ease being next to one of the best lakes found in the Okoboji real estate realm. These homes have been built and remastered with exquisite attention to detail. Here are some prevalent features found in these lakeshore estates:

  • Impressive grand foyers
  • Gourmet Chef’s kitchens
  • Custom flooring and tiling
  • Low lakeside approach
  • Gazebos
  • Personal bars and wine cellars
  • Patios, decks, and porches built for Lake entertainment

If luxury lakefront is out of your budget, interested home buyers can still enjoy the best of what Okoboji real estate has to offer with a variety of on-budget properties to choose from. Economic options include detached dwellings and properties that date back to just before the middle of the century. These types of Big Spirit Lake real estate tend to be moderate in size with floor plans ranging from 800 to 3,500 square feet of space, located on lots that are usually under half an acre. Most of these homes feature 2 to 4 bedrooms and bathrooms. Some of the older homes have been well-kept in their original Lakes charm, while others have been completely revamped with modern fixtures and furnishings, surely to impress the contemporary buyer. Though these homes might not be massive, they certainly dazzle home buyers with their prices! Not many places in North America offer waterfront real estate with a private dock priced in the mid $500k range. You’ve come to the right spot, as you’ll notice many exceptional cottages right at the shoreline.

Life on Big Spirit Lake

Miniwaukon, Marble Beach, Templar Park, Trickle's Slough, and Angler's Bay offer a variety of facilities that include picnic shelters, campgrounds, boat ramps, trails, and more. A recent conservation effort recently preserved Anglers Bay and 2,500 feet of its native bulrush bed on the northeast shore of the lake, ensuring the natural wetlands and prairies along the north shore for everyone to enjoy in perpetuity.

Since Big Spirit Lake is less commercialized, many residents make the drive to the close by towns of Spirit Lake. The Northern part of Big Spirit Lake rests just below the Iowa and Minnesotan border, so some residents prefer to do their shopping and dining in the state above.

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