Destination Clear Lake 2021

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NORTH DAKOTA

Minneapolis 2 hours

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Beach Days are the Best Days

20 Glory Days of Woodford Island

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Where to Stay

22 Surf Ballroom: The Music Lives On

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Food & Drink

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Events Calendar

24 Clear Lake Kindness Project

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Color the Wind

25 Attractions

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WISCONSIN

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls 3 hours

NEBRASKA Omaha 3.5 hours

26 Business Directory

17 Clear Lake Fire Department Celebrates 150 Years

MINNESOTA

Des Moines 2 hours

ILLINOIS

36 Lake Map & Fishing Information

KANSAS

Where to to Shop

Chicago 6 hours 2 hours

MISSOURI

St. Louis 6.5 hours

together we rise

Clear Lake shined as a destination in 2020, thanks to our abundant outdoor recreational opportunities and an encouraging and supportive community. We are poised for another year of growth as those who traveled closer to home last summer discovered their new favorite vacation spot, and because our local businesses continue to put public safety measures first and remain open and ready to serve their loyal customers. We are hopeful to host a summer full of music, events, and of course, fireworks. Our cover photo by Ron Miles, Jr. signifies our dedication to tradition as we find ways to host visitors and provide activities to bring families and friends together.

ON THE COVER: Clear Lake’s signature 4th of July Fireworks over the lake. Photo: Ron Miles Jr. Photography

Laura Meyer Creative Studio Designer

Rachel Wumkes Writer

Published by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Printed by American Solutions for Business. Contents® 2021 Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without express written permission of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Our advertisers make this publication possible. If you are interested in helping to support tourism in Clear Lake by advertising in the 2022 edition, please contact libbey@clearlakeiowa.com. It is our goal to continue to attract, assist and inspire travelers to come visit Clear Lake, and we hope you enjoy this year’s magazine. Be sure to check out our website, clearlakeiowa.com as an additional travel resource!


BEACH DAYS are the BEST DAYS By Rachel Wumkes

There is simply nothing better than a day at the beach. Your toes in the water, the blazing-hot sun beating down from a cloudless sky. Casting every care in the World away and living in the moment, enjoying everything the beauty of Clear Lake has to offer. To ensure the utmost perfection for your day of frolicking along the beaches of Clear Lake, we’ve compiled a list of items one “must have” from our local stores.

SNACKS You’re guaranteed to get hungry at some point, so be sure to pack an adequate number of goodies to satisfy those munchies throughout the day. Simply Nourished and K&B Emporium have fantastic grab ‘n go items. Randy’s Neighborhood Market, as well as Fareway and Louie’s also have an abundance of options.

FISHING GEAR Clear Lake is known for being one of the best fishing destinations in the Midwest. Stock up on fishing poles, accessories, and bait at Clear Lake Bait & Tackle, located along Highway 18. As a bonus, their staff is uberknowledgeable about where the best bite is happening! 2

SWIMSUITS/COVER-UPS

Alas, as there are no nude beaches in Clear Lake, all beachgoers must be properly covered. Check out Unique Boutique or The Funky Zebras for all your swimming attire needs.

EVERYTHING “BEACHY” No beach visit is complete without all the proper gear, and Larson’s Mercantile can hook you up. Floaties, sunscreen, sand toys, beach towels, sunscreen, water guns – they have all the things for beach day fun in downtown Clear Lake. Be sure to stop in and stock up!

THE NEED FOR SPEED There’s nothing quite like the feeling of whipping across the water on a wave runner! Stop into Clear Lake Boats and check out their various rentals to satisfy your need for speed on the water. Or give Jake a call at Lake Time Boat Club and let them take the hassle out of your boating weekend at the Lake.

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE If you prefer a lazier, more relaxing day on the Lake, check out Movement Solutions! They have boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more to ensure you have the most fun out on the water. Or, if you prefer solid ground, they carry campers to rent, bikes, and other various outdoor equipment!

QUENCH YOUR THIRST You are in luck, as Clear Lake is home to Iowa’s fastest growing craft beer brewery. Stop into the taphouse at Lake Time Brewery or grab a six-pack to go. The cool, refreshing taste of barley and hops is sure to make your taste buds dance. Don’t let the sweet days of summertime pass you by in a blur, be sure to take time and enjoy everything the beautiful beaches of Clear Lake have to offer. clearlakeiowa.com


OUTDOOR

Photo Credits (left to right) Amber Roske Jessica Wood Natalie Wedemeier Megan Becker

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Deciding where to stay is one of the most important choices when planning your getaway. Thankfully, Clear Lake offers a wide variety of awesome options for travelers. Whether you are looking for the immersive, VRBO experience near the Lake, or the simplicity and ease of a hotel room – Clear Lake can accommodate your every whim! Check out these incredible listings and find the perfect fit for your stay at the Lake!

HOTELS Featured listings are anchored in the community as members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

FAIRFIELD BY MARRIOTT 1401 Bayou Road (800) 228-2800 fairfield.marriott.com Opening Summer 2021 Featuring comfortable & spacious guest rooms, free breakfast, 24/7 market, pool, fitness center, and streamlined workspaces in the lobby and guest rooms. Sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy travel loyalty program to earn and redeem points for all your travels at Fairfield hotels worldwide. CLEAR LAKE, IOWA - June 2020 ISG PROJECT NO. 20-24063

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AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN

AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES

BEST WESTERN HOLIDAY LODGE

1306 25th Street North (641) 357-8700 • (888) 357-8700 americasbestvalueinn.com

1406 North 25th Street (641) 357-8954 • (866) 357-8954 americinnclearlakeia.com

2023 7th Avenue North (641) 357-5253 bestwestern.com

We offer clean spacious rooms, a 24-hour front desk, free deluxe continental breakfast, business center, coffee & tea in lobby, and Wi-Fi. Take advantage of our extremely comfortable beds and relax while saving money year-round.

We know there’s no place like home, but with our newly updated furnishings, room décor, flat screen TVs and cozy Serta™ Perfect Sleeper beds, our hotel makes you feel comfortable. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style breakfast, free highspeed Internet and inviting indoor pool and hot tub.

Best Western Holiday Lodge is your premium location for all events and weddings with event space for 400 guests and delicious catering options for every taste and budget. Our hotel features complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool, and an on-site Bennigan’s restaurant.

HILLTOP MOTEL

LAKESIDE INN

PM PARK

10 Allen’s Alley (641) 357-2127 hilltopclearlake.com

1603 South Shore Drive (641) 323-5695 stayclearlake.com

15297 Raney Drive (641) 357-1991 • pmpark.net

A landmark since 1940, this family-owned hotel is across the street from the historic Surf Ballroom. All rooms have been updated into 21 theme decorated units, like a water ski room, NASCAR, and patriotic room just to name a few - famous for their patio/pool area with gas grills, pizza oven and popcorn machine.

Located on the shores of Clear Lake, this newly renovated boutique hotel provides guests with breathtaking views of Clear Lake. Some rooms feature patios and balconies, and all guests have unlimited use of their private dock! Stop by for great food & drinks at the Lakeside Landing and enjoy the unbeatable atmosphere.

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MICROTEL INN 1305 North 25th Street (641) 357-0966 • (866) 357-0966

LAKE COUNTRY INN 518 Highway 18 West (641) 357-2184 • (888) 357-2185

RUMORZ NEIGHBORHOOD HIDEAWAY 1214 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-4343 rumorzneighborhoodhideaway.com Come and enjoy our Hidden Gem! Smoke free, and pet free rooms, all rooms on a single floor. Outdoor patio, with Rumorz Bar and Grill located right across the parking lot! Downtown Clear Lake located less than 2 miles away.

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LIGHTHOUSE COURT 432 North Shore Drive (641) 357-5237

SUPER 8 MOTEL 809 4th Avenue South (641) 357-7521 • (800) 800-8000 the.super8.com/clearlake03397

VACATION RENTALS

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Built in 1914 on the shores of a natural sand beach, we are Summer Camp & Dirty Dancing all rolled into one. The rooms are air conditioned, some with lake views, and have knotty pine walls that take you back to the old lake cabin feel.

1120 VACATION RENTALS 308 4th Avenue South (641) 420-1794 Only 2 blocks from downtown and City Beach, this 3 BR, 2 BA fully furnished rental sleeps 8-10. Great location with plenty of room and is close to downtown within walking distance of everything!

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AWAY AT THE LAKE

506 North 3rd Street (641) 529-3085 • vrbo.com

117 4th Avenue North • (641) 583-2139 awayatthelake.com

Located in the heart of downtown, this newly updated home comfortably sleeps 6. The shower and bath are separate, perfect for kiddos after a day at the beach! Spend time in the large backyard featuring an enclosed gazebo. Lots of parking, including the garage that also has bikes, balls, & beach chairs for guest use!

A year-round, large cozy lodge-like home. It is ideal for big families with a large entertaining area. Just a quick 3-minute walk and you are at the lake. Home sleeps 10, with 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Relax and enjoy the small-town atmosphere while enjoying the view of pristine Clear Lake from the front deck, living room and upstairs bedroom.

BERT’S BUNGALOW 911 South Shore Drive (319) 269-4442 bertsbungalow.shutterfly.com Lakefront vacation rental with 3 BR, 2 BA that sleeps 6 comfortably. Relax on the shaded deck or private dock and enjoy the best sunsets on the lake. Easily walk to downtown for shopping and dining. Includes off-stree parking, laundry, cable and Wi-Fi.

CLEAR LAKE RENTALS Multiple Locations (641) 425-2547 clearlakerentals4u.com Fully furnished, spacious homes in great locations close to downtown to enjoy all of Clear Lake’s activities! All are furnished with many conveniences to make your vacation easy and comfortable.

CLEAR LAKE GETAWAY 217 Main Avenue • (515) 268-4646 Best. Location. Ever. Located above Cookies, etc., this getaway offers the sweet smell of cookies baking; a great view of the lake and park; and shopping, restaurants and an iconic movie theatre right outside the door. This downtown vacation rental offers plenty of room (sleeps 7) for everyone to spread out on two floors, have a cook-off in the kitchen or to gather by the fire and enjoy a few games.

BRICKHOUSE COTTAGE 414 South Shore Drive (641) 512-3400 Lake view cottage, completely furnished 2 bedroom & fully stocked kitchen in perfect location! Wifi, air conditioning, & new deck with gas grill & firepit. Public access dock across the street. Only 2 blocks from City Beach & City Park! $575/per week. Monthly/ full season discount rates available. No smoking. - Denotes Clear Lake Chamber Member

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WHERE TO

CLEAR LAKE COTTAGES 203 South Shore Drive (641) 355-3775 clearlakecottages.com

stay OLSON LAKE GETAWAY

THE CLAUSEN HOUSE

IABNB

201 North 5th Street (641) 425-3700 • airbnb.com

Multiple Locations (952) 457-4572 • airbnb.com Premium vacation rentals and long term rentals in Clear Lake! Multiple Airbnb listings as well as apartment homes in great locations around the lake & close to downtown.

13 Lido Road (641) 529-0800 • vrbo.com Whether you are a family, a group of hunters or fisherman, or a group of ladies in need of a getaway. This is the place for you. It sleeps 4 comfortably, provides a kitchenette, private dock and deck with lake access. A refrigerator, fire pit, fire place and charcoal BBQ are also available for your use.

Built in 1890, this majestic home has ten foot ceilings on the main floor with beautiful original finished woodwork. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood next door to the library, the home sits on a gorgeous corner lot with lots of mature trees. Comfort and charm combine to accommodate up to 16 guests, and the bathrooms, kitchen, & laundry room have all been updated.

PM PARK COTTAGES

PYRAMID HOUSE

SAIL INN

TEN ACRES AIRBNB

1102 North Shore Drive (515) 771-3647 • vrbo.com Clear Lake’s largest and most unique rental can accommodate your entire group under one roof! This huge 5,600ft2 home has three levels of beautiful living space and a total of 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Other features include a theater room with wet bar, a party room that seats 30 people, plus a large patio right across from the lake and public access dock.

15232 Evergreen Avenue (507) 251-9339 • airbnb.com

10912 250th Street (515) 368-1001 • airbnb.com

A luxurious vacation rental on an in-town acreage, Sail Inn is close to the lake, beaches, restaurants, dining, shopping, grocery and parks. You’ll love this rental for its spacious kitchen with dining space for 16, abundant natural light, large deck, plenty of offstreet parking, space to sleep 16 (on new beds!), an extra refrigerator, 4 bathrooms and laundry on-site.

Enjoy the serenity of country living on an acreage that has very little traffic, lots of trees, flowers and art structures of large boulders and unique fabricated steel designs. Patio has a large fire pit and grilling area adorned with a pergola and large fountain rock. Tour wagon rides are available. Truly unique and one of a kind.

Multiple Locations (641) 357-1991 • (641) 529-2222 (off-season) pmpark.net In addition to on-site hotel rooms, PM Park offers three homes for vacation rentals that are close by. The Stone House with 8 bedrooms, Blue Cottage with 4 bedrooms in two separate units in one building, and the Grey House (pictured) which sleeps 12.

VERISTONE PROPERTIES 2700 North Shore Drive (515) 979-6524 Come unpack your bags, put your boat on the lift in the harbor, and call some friends/family to visit! You’ll have access to on-site amenities to enjoy such as indoor & outdoor pools, tennis, sand volleyball, and more. We can also comfortably accommodate guests with extra sleeping quarters, extra seats for meals, all in a beautifully decorated lake view condo.

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BED & BREAKFAST

7 beautifully furnished historic cottages close to downtown and across from City Beach. With various layouts and sizes that can accommodate up to 6 people, all cottages are furnished and available year ‘round to enjoy the best of lake life!

LARCH PINE INN

WHITE HOUSE GARDENS ON THE HILL

401 North 3rd Street (641) 357-0345 larchpineinn.com Rated one of Iowa’s top 10 cozy B&Bs. Located in the heart of Clear Lake, a short stroll to almost everything - 1 block to the Lake, 3 blocks to Downtown and 2 blocks to the Historic Surf Ballroom.

1100 South Shore Drive (641) 425-9402 airbnb.com Walking distance to downtown, City Park and beach. Public access across the street. Breakfast daily. 5 bedrooms, sleeps 14 guests, 2 1/2 baths, full kitchen, cable, Wi-Fi, washer & dryer, fire pit & grill and beautiful flowers in the landscaping for your enjoyment from spring to fall.

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CAMP GROUNDS A night under the stars. S’mores and hotdogs over the fire. The smell of bug spray and sunscreen and family fun!

CLEAR LAKE STATE PARK 2300 South Lakeview Drive • (641) 357-4212 iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com

DEER VALLEY LODGE 2387 242nd Street, Ventura• (641) 829-4433

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If you’re looking to get back to basics, to connect with the great outdoors, Clear Lake is the mecca of campground possibilities! You can haul your luxury camper to one of our many campgrounds or pitch a tent for the ultimate ‘roughing it’ experience. Maybe you’d like to book a stay in the Yurts at McIntosh Woods State Park?

HIDDEN LAKES CAMPGROUND 82

3001 Willow Creek Court hiddenlakescampgroundia.com

MCINTOSH WOODS STATE PARK 122 East Lake Street, Ventura • (641) 829-3847 iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com

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OAKWOOD RV PARK 5419 240th Street • (641) 357-4019 oakwoodrvpark.net

TWIN OAKS CAMPGROUND 5351 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-3337

HIDDEN LAKES RESORT

OAKWOOD RV PARK

3001 Willow Creek Court (641) 494-4595 hiddenlakescampgroundia.com

5419 240th Street (641) 357-4019 • oakwoodrvpark.net

Tucked into a beautiful wooded area just a few blocks away from downtown Clear Lake, Hidden Lakes is a seasonal campground with the look and feel of a remotely secluded resort. With four fully stocked ponds, gorgeous sandy beach with a bath house, and walking trails will bring you closer to nature. The kids will love the playground and basketball court!

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Located two blocks from the lake, Oakwood RV Park is open April 15 -October 15 and features all the amenities you need for a relaxing visit, including free wifi, pull through sites, water/sewer/electric with 30/50 amp, and an on-site bath house & laundry facility in a beautiful country setting.

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While small businesses throughout the country have struggled since the onset of the global pandemic, it is the restaurant industry who seems to have taken the brunt of the hit. With the continual variation of rules and regulations, they have had to roll with the punches to keep their doors open. Many have added delivery options, as well as online ordering and the opportunity for contactless pickup. Through it all, the many restaurants of Clear Lake have powered through, adjusting to the guidelines set in place by the State of Iowa to ensure the safety of both their patrons and staff. They have done everything in their power to make your dining experience a pleasant one and look forward to serving their many seasonal visitors and guests to the Lake! This guide shows a comprehensive listing of the many options for dining in Clear Lake during your visit. And remember, you can always order take-out to enjoy your meal at home!

BENNIGAN’S GRILL & TAVERN

This high-energy restaurant and tavern has a sleek new look to go along with their innovative menu, which incorporates chef-driven food with Emerald Isle favorites, such as the Turkey O’Toole, savory “Oh Baby” back ribs and world famous Monte Cristo.

COOKIES, ETC CASEY’S PIZZA & DELI

CAVU PATRIOT WINGS

202 Highway 18 W • (641) 357-1693 • caseys.com Casey’s isn’t just a gas station and convenience store, it’s the fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S.! Try a taco pizza, or their satisfying breakfast pizza. The stores also offer made-to-order sub sandwiches, freshly baked donuts, pastas, soft-serve ice cream and more.

DISTRICT ROCK ‘N ROLL GRILL

9184 265th Street • (641) 357-9464 pwcavu.com Arrive by land or by air, CAVU is the ultimate morning, noon and nighttime dining destination for locals and travelers alike!

GE-JO’S BY THE LAKE

619 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-1222 surfdistrictgrill.com

12 North 3rd Street • (641) 357-8288 gejosbythelake.com

The District Rock ‘n Roll Grill was created to offer a UNIQUE Clear Lake dining experience that ROCKS!

Handmade specialties prepared the old-world way with family recipes that have been handed down for generations! GeJo’s is famous for their hand-stretched, made or order pizza, authentic pasta dishes and 18-ounce Italian margaritas. Dine on the patio overlooking city park and the lake, and enjoy a variety of homemade sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes or mouthwatering pizza.

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2023 7th Avenue North • (641) 357-2366 bennigans.com

Launched in 2002, this western-styled coffee shop’s motto is “Just Be Happy and Have Fun!” Stock up on fresh roasted coffee to brew at home or grab a latte for the road. The menu is as fresh as the coffee, with bakery items and healthy lunch favorites. If daily features and rotating menu items don’t draw you in off the sidewalk, the aroma will!

217 Main Avenue • (641) 357-1060 cookies-etc.com These warm-from-the-oven cookies made from family recipes are legendary. The giant cookies are baked fresh all day and will wow you with seven different flavors. Try the ice cream sandwich, a generous scoop of ice cream nestled between two huge homemade cookies, and enjoy malts, sundaes and generous ice cream cones. Order cookies to be shipped nationwide for friends, family and clients. Cookies, etc., home of the cookie ATM, is a must stop in Clear Lake!

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CABIN COFFEE COMPANY

303 Main Avenue • (641) 357-6500 cabincoffeecompany.com

701 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-9339 A family operation since it opened in 1972, the relaxed atmosphere of this steakhouse is where the locals go for a great meal. Steaks, fish, chops, ribs and more are prepared to order in this Quonset hut. The food is fresh and portions are generous, like the pile of food on the combination platter and their homemade ranch dressing. Be sure to try the crispy hash browns. Cocktail hour specials from 4:30-6:00 pm

CULVER’S OF CLEAR LAKE

1204 North 25th Street • (641) 357-0757 culvers.com Using fresh, never frozen 100 percent Midwest beef, the signature ButterBurgers are seared to perfection and served on a lightly buttered toasted bun. Frozen custard is made fresh in the store throughout the day, using real Wisconsin dairy, cold-pressed vanilla and Dutch-blend chocolate. Try the Flavor of the Day!

K&B EMPORIUM & ANNA’S BALLROOM

8 North 4th Street • (641) 357-4047 kandbemporiumandannas.com Anna’s Ballroom features fine dining using ROK Service, where you cook your meal on a hot stone. They have handcrafted weekly drink specials and a seasonal patio. Café options are available on their lower level; including sandwiches, ice cream, baked goods and more. The retail wine cellar is open with the same hours as the café.

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FOOD & DRINK Featured listings are anchored in the community as members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

LAKE TIME BREWERY

LAKESIDE LANDING

801 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2040 laketimebrewery.com Creating beer snobs one pint at a time since its first pour in 2013, this brew pub has 10 specialty and seasonal local craft beers on tap at all times. The atmosphere is just what you’d expect in a lake town, relaxed and inviting, with an outdoor patio with bright Adirondack chairs when the weather allows. Sample a flight of brews, or try a pint of the local favorite, Sandy Bottoms.

PAPA EVERETT’S PIZZA

MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT

2 Plaza Drive • (641) 357-6502 • mcdonalds.com

1603 South Shore Drive • (641) 323-5695 stayclearlake.com Conveniently located on the shores of Clear Lake, The Landing is a large lake front bar and grille, with perfect views of the water. We have a large dock where you can conveniently tie up your boat during the day or evening to stop by for great food, unique drinks, and an unbeatable atmosphere!

The largest in Iowa since its 2013 renovation, this contemporary location offers free Wi-Fi, plasma TVs, a two-lane drive-through and a comfortable dining room to enjoy your favorites or relax with a McCafe menu item. Head to the golden arches for their signature french fries, Big Macs, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts!

PERKINS RESTAURANT & BAKERY

PM PARK & TIKI BAR

1207 North 25th Street • (641) 357-7558 perkinsrestaurants.com

Locally owned and operated since 1988, Papa Everett’s continues to serve up the same handcrafted, delicious pizza with the French bread crust! They also offer hearty pasta dishes, wings, and salads, plus dessert pizzas!

Breakfast is available all day, with a huge omelette selection as well as fresh griddle favorites. Lunch and dinner favorites with crisp salads, a towering club sandwich and comforting entrees are served with a selection of sides. Gluten-free options and a 55-plus menu. Open 24 hours Friday-Sunday.

Located on a sandy beach under mature oak trees, this hotspot is busy from sunrise to sunset. Serving breakfast every day, they are known for their “Everything Hash Browns” and whimsical menu, like the Shorebird sandwich. Dine inside the historic and charming restaurant, or settle in at one of the colorful picnic tables on the lakefront lawn. Try to complete the 2-pound Tiki Burger challenge!

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SEVEN STARS FAMILY RESTAURANT

SEVEN’S STEAKHOUSE

15297 Raney Drive • (641) 357-1991 • pmpark.net

2309 3rd Avenue South • (641) 231-8026

Fun bar with a great staff that welcomes you like family. We have a side room great for parties and meetings. Certified angus beef is all we allow on our grill so we can guarantee you the best burgers in town!

This down home eatery features satisfying comfort foods in a cozy café. Serving breakfast all day, they are famous for their “Country Hash Browns” grilled with bacon, diced ham, onions and peppers and topped with American cheese. Hearty entrees that stick to your ribs are joined by a variety of sandwiches, salads and seafood to round out the menu. Check the board for their daily specials and pies of the day.

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702 East Lake Street • (641) 829-3850 Rich’s Muskie Lounge is a family owned and operated restaurant located on Clear Lake. Stop in for our fish fry, burgers, sandwiches and more. Or just stop by for a drink on the lake at our outdoor bar, open every weekend of the summer. Come as you are.

ROOKIES

910 US Hwy. 18 East • (641) 357-4040 pizzaclearlake.com

1210 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-1035

MUSKIE LOUNGE

307 Main Avenue • (641) 357-4629 rookiesrockinsportsbar.com Pull up a stool at the huge two-sided bar or gather with your group at the front of the bar and socialize while you look out on Main Avenue. Another section has even more seating and three pool tables. Daily happy hour with food and drink specials and a jukebox plays your favorite hits every day and night

SIMPLY NOURISHED

307 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0106 sevensrestaurantandsteakhouse.com

1419 Main Avenue • 641-357-4444 bewellnessclearlake.com

This steakhouse doesn’t end at beef: almond crusted walleye and pecan chicken are also local dinner favorites. Sit at one of our tall booths and enjoy a lunch with friends, or stop in for one of our hearty breakfasts. Daily features and nightly specials.

Simply Nourished is North Iowa’s leading independent and locally-owned all organic and natural health market. Enjoy delicious organic, gluten-free lunchboxes, salads, sandwiches and more at their dine-in deli, or take it to go! Call for curbside pick up and/or catering.

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SOUTH SHORE DONUT COMPANY

1205 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-8005 southshoredonutco.com

STARBOARD MARKET

SUBWAY

310 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0660

You won’t want to miss this beachy shop that offers award winning gourmet donuts and a crazy delicious lunch menu featuring homemade soups in a bread bowl & Mixwich sandwich creations. In addition to their fun donut flavors, they also serve sweet treats like soft serve ice cream, shakes, and edible cookie dough!

With 25 signature sandwich recipes plus build-yourown options, this deli is a destination in itself. The regionally famous hand-crafted soups have everyone trying to crack the recipes. The glass case is full of colorful salads and mile-high desserts made in-store daily. The scratch-made cookies and bars beckon you with their soft sweet chewiness. Weekly summer series gourmet supper club and daily specials, boxed lunches and catering available.

TACO JOHN’S

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Serving fresh, made-to-order sandwiches on freshly baked breads for a fast healthy meal in two Clear Lake locations. Daily specials and monthly featured menu items.

A new pub in Clear Lake with a relaxed atmosphere to meet friends & family and enjoy the view of the lake from their outdoor tiki bar with an ice cold drink and a BITE to eat! Sharkys bring the tropics to Iowa with a Margaritaville feel and state of mind of being on vacation. Make this place your watering hole home away from home. Meet Sully the Shark and enjoy live music on the weekends, plus special events!

313 Main Avenue • (641) 357-8273 tapdclearlake.com

Serving craveable food with real ingredients fused with bold Mexican flavors dubbed “West-Mex,” they’re famous for Potato Ole’s, tacos and burritos. Always adding new flavors, like the TJ Baja Boneless Wings, they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

24 of Iowa’s Best Craft Beers on Tap! Enjoy the rotating selection of craft beer, along with signature cocktails and a full bar. The newest cocktail lounge at the lake, Tap’d is the perfect place for your next night out!

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

Known for signature crisp pizzas with loads of fresh gooey cheese, this family friendly sports bar also offers oven baked subs, Mexican specialties and Italian favorites. Their huge outdoor party deck with an exclusive menu is a summertime favorite. Check out their lunch specials, happy hour Monday-Friday and daily deals.

ARBY’S

SHAO TING GUO

1212 North 24th Street • (641) 357-3462 • arbys.com

200 7th Avenue North • (641) 357-1683

AZZOLINA’S HOLE IN THE WALL

SOUTH SHORE SWEET SPOT

425 Main Avenue • (641) 357-1740

5269 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-9338

CASEY’S PIZZA & DELI

SUBWAY

6 Plaza Drive • (641) 357-4202 • caseys.com

2411 Highway 18 East • (641) 357-7511

EL LORO

TROPICAL SNO

1205 N 25th St • (641) 357-3045 • elloromexican.com

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FIDDLERS LOUNGE

VIKING DRIVE IN

219 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7964 Not your grandpa’s VFW, the bar, nicknamed “The Bunker” offers happy hour daily from 3-7 p.m. and every Sunday specialty garnished Bloody Mary’s starting at 9 a.m. with their special recipe Bloody Mary’s like you’ve never seen before (think cheeseburger sliders & chicken-n-waffles). Weekly taco night every Thursday from 5-7pm makes this a downtown hotspot welcoming young and old.

‘S best Iowa’s Best Cocktails To-Go: K&B Emporium

468 North Shore Drive

3 South Main Street, Ventura • (641) 829-3514

GYRO PLACE

WENDY’S

800 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2525

200 Highway 18 West • (641) 357-8118 theotherplace.com

2905 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-0900 tacojohns.com

12 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-4275 sunsetsharkys.com

THE OTHER PLACE

SUNSET SHARKYS PUB & GRUB

210 Highway 18 East • (641) 357-2442 subway.com

1302 North 24th Street • (641) 357-0811 • wendys.com

Their bagged cocktails are sold in reusable to-go bags so you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home.

Iowa’s Best Cookies: Cookies, Etc. Their sugar cookie was also named “Best Cookie in the Midwest” by Midwest Living Magazine.

SCOOTERS COFFEE 1903 US Highway 18 East • (641) 210-6404 - Denotes Clear Lake Chamber Member

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While we are hopeful to enjoy all our favorite events at the Lake in 2021, we are always mindful of the changing social atmosphere associated with COVID-19.

Before you make grand plans to attend our fabulous events, please check our website for updates (www.clearlakeiowa.com) or call the Chamber at 641-357-2159.

As the situation shifts, we plan to add many more events to the calendar. Live music is a staple in Clear Lake, and we look forward to the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake Arts Center, Central Gardens and our many other music venues including Chamber members Rumorz, Sunset Sharky’s, the Lakeside Landing, PM Park’s Tiki Bar, The District, The Other Place, the VFW, Muskie Lounge, and Tap’d updating their social events on our online calendar as they are booked.

We look forward to a joyous season as you make memories this year at the Lake and are optimistic for an eventful summer of fun!

spring

Waterfront Finish line Party You Won't Want to Miss

Sprint 500M

Sprint 20K

Sprint 5K

Olympic 1500M

Olympic 40K

Olympic 10K

F i f t h

APRIL

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Earth Day 5k/10k Walk/Run

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Earth Day Festival

Trash Bash

Stan Harrison Muskie Tournament

A n n u a l

Saturday, May 29, 2021 For more info or to register online visit www.triclearlakeia.com

MAY 2

Pioneer Museum Conestoga Cookout

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Farmers Market

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend

Walleye Classic

16 Walleye Classic 22 Farmer Market 29 Farmers Market

TRI Clear Lake

30 Worship in the Park clearlakeiowa.com

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CALENDAR

summer

JULY

JUNE 3

Thursdays on Main

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4

Fresh on Fridays

19 Farmers Market

Relay for Life of Cerro Gordo County

Yoga by the Lake

Muncipal Band

5

Farmers Market

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend

Yoga by the Lake

6

Pioneer Museum Vintage Car Day

Worship in the Park

10 Thursdays on Main 11

Fresh on Fridays

Rotary of Clear Lake BBQ and Brew

12

Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

Municipal Band

13

Worship in the Park

Municipal Band

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Thursdays on Main 12

Fresh on Fridays

20 Worship in the Park

Municipal Band

24 Thursdays on Main 25 Fresh on Fridays 26 Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

1-5 4th of July Celebration

Muncipal Band

2

Fresh on Fridays

MC National Championship

3

Farmers Market

27 Worship in the Park

Yoga by the Lake

Municipal Band

4

Worship in the Park

MC National Championship

8

Thursdays on Main

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Fresh on Fridays

16 Fresh on Fridays

22 Thursdays on Main

Bicycles, Blues & BBQ

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Farmers Market

23 Fresh on Fridays

10 Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

24 Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

Plein Air Paint Out

Yoga by the Lake

Bicycles, Blues & BBQ

Art Sail

Brews on the Beach

Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show

Iowa Storytelling Festival

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Worship in the Park

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend

Bicycles, Blues & BBQ

Municipal Band

Pioneer Museum Ice Cream Day

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Worship in the Park

15

Thursdays on Main

Municipal Band

Lions Chicken BBQ

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ROC the Lake

Paddlefest


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CALENDAR

fall

AUGUST

1

Worship in the Park

5

Thursdays on Main

6

CLASS Car Show

Fresh on Fridays

7

CLASS Car Show

Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

8

Worship in the Park

Lions Hamburger & Sweet Corn Feed

12

Thursdays on Main

13

Fresh on Fridays

SEPTEMBER

14 Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

3

Island Fever Showcase

12

Pirate Festival

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend

4

Island Fever Showcase

18

Farmers Market

19 Thursdays on Main

Farmers Market

City Wide Garage Sale Weekend

20 Fresh on Fridays

5

Island Fever Showcase

24 North Iowa Studio Tour

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Farmers Market

Antiques in the Square

25 Farmers Market

Yoga by the Lake

Worship in the Park

22 Worship in the Park

6

Island Fever Showcase

26 North Iowa Studio Tour

27 Fresh on Fridays

11

Farmers Market

28 Farmers Market

9/11 20th Anniversary Program

Pirate Festival

Yoga by the Lake

North Iowa Studio Tour

Pioneer Museum Cider & Donut Day

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Visit clearlakeiowa.com for details. Events subject to change; verify details before traveling. Sign up for our weekly events email! Email info@clearlakeiowa.com or call 800-285-5338.

OCTOBER 2

Harvest Festival

Champagne 5k

Farmers Market

3

Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

9

Farmers Market

winter

16 Farmers Market

NOVEMBER 27 Small Business Saturday

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DECEMBER

FEBRUARY

2

Lights On 5k

2-6 Winter Dance Party

3

Festival of Trees

12

Midwest Sled Fest

4

Festival of Trees

Yellow Bass Bonanza

Christmas by the Lake

13

Yellow Bass Bonanza

5

Festival of Trees

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Polar Bear Dip

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EVENTS

to Return in February 2022

Photo Credit Stacy Doughan

By Stacy Doughan

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to take over Color the Wind beginning in 2022 with help from Larry & Kay Day. In February 2020, Larry and Kay Day announced that it would be their final year organizing Clear Lake’s Color the Wind kite festival. Over its 19-year history, Color the Wind has grown into a spectacular event drawing crowds from across the country to enjoy kites of all shapes and sizes flying over Clear Lake. Larry & Kay Day started Color the Wind out of their own passion for kite flying and as a way to give back to the community. They have generously dedicated their time and talents to put on the event and keep it free and open to the public. “It’s been an opportunity for us to give back to this wonderful community, and it’s been good to us,” said founder Larry Day, “But it’s time for us to take a step back,” Day continued.

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With the Day’s announcement to take a step back, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce expressed interested in learning the ins and outs of continuing Color the Wind. However, the global pandemic prevented the transfer of information in a timeframe that would make a 2021 event possible. “Ideally, we’d love to present Color the Wind in February 2021, but we all know circumstances have been less than ideal this year,” stated Chamber President & CEO Stacy Doughan, “With the Day’s guidance, we are confident Color the Wind will return in its full glory in February 2022, and it is our honor to continue the Day’s legacy and this remarkable event.” Last fall, Larry Day met with the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss a path forward with the event. Ultimately, the board voted to take over Color the Wind beginning in February 2022 with guidance from Larry & Kay Day. Color the Wind is tentatively scheduled for February 19, 2022.

TIPS FOR ATTENDING • Be prepared for cold weather and dress accordingly. Yes, it’s winter. Yes, it’s cold. But if you’re properly bundled-up, the weather will not impede the fun. We recommend a well-insulated coat atop a layer or two of thinner clothing; snow pants or bibs; and warm socks and boots. • Consider ice grips for your shoes/boots. Walking on an icy, frozen lake can be challenging so you’ll be thankful for the additional traction. • Bring a sled or wagon for the kids. There’s a lot of ground to cover and a sled or wagon will make it easier to enjoy the day with little ones!

ADDITIONAL PARKING Free parking is located at Clear Lake High School with Trolley Shuttle Service to downtown from 10a-4p.

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Open House SpringEVENTS of 2021. The chance to tour the facility as well as the fire museum.

Fire Museum come see the history, memorabilia, and collectibles from the past 150 years of the Clear Lake Fire Department. Open on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day – or call to make an appointment.

9/11 On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, expect an extended event throughout the day. An open house, food trucks near the Fire Museum which will be open to the public. A 2-hour program with a special guest speaker, a battalion chief from NYC who was at the towers on 9/11. There will then be a lighted fire department parade, with trucks from around the area participating in the cruise through town. Photo Credit Chris Barragy, Clear Lake Fire Department

By Rachel Wumkes

In the face of turmoil and destruction, most people would run the opposite direction. Their ‘flight’ response kicking into high gear as they evade any type of harm. For the past 150 years, however, numerous men within the Clear Lake Fire Department have done just the opposite. When the call comes in, there is no hesitation, only swift reactions to ensure they get there in time, doing everything in their power to put out the fire. Thus, on the 150th anniversary, let’s take a look back at how the department has evolved over the years. Organized out of necessity in 1871, after the incorporation of the town of Clear Lake, the CLFD came to fruition. On a cold January night, the Coates Brothers Furniture store burned to the ground, taking down a nearby building in the process. Had there been a team of firefighters, it may have been saved. Back then, men fought fires with a bucket brigade; standing in a line as they passed the bucket until the final firefighter tossed it into the fire. Coupled with long poles used to push in walls to contain the flames, it was their only line of defense in those days. In 1883, however, the fire department purchased a Button Hand Water Engine, one chain gear hose cart and 300 feet of hose. With the strategic placement of wells throughout town (as there was no running water at the time) firefighters would place the hose into the well, which would then be pumped by hand up through the box and out the remaining hose into the fire. clearlakeiowa.com

This was also the time of the first fire extinguishers. Unlike today, these were filled with only water. Firefighters would use a mixture of baking soda and acid to create the spray effect, pressurizing the unit. Once used, they would simply refill and mix a new soda acid combination for the next time it would be needed. In the 1920s, with the invention of the automobile, the hand-pumps evolved into fire engines. This technology cut the lag time for firefighters arriving to the scene exponentially, allowing for more of a chance to save structures from total destruction. In 1925, CLFD purchased its first Model T pumper, which was used to battle blazes for the next 50 years. Mounted to the side of this unit were multiple extinguishers using the soda-acid mixture. The department expanded services again in 1989 when 13 members became certified EMTs. As time has evolved, so have the services needed from the Clear Lake Fire Department. Equipment and technology have expanded. There are bigger houses, more complex buildings, and more people to service. In 1990, they added Hazardous Materials Operations, and included ice rescue to their list of public services. However, as the founding fathers drew up the by-laws of the department, they stated there would be no more than 30 men as members. That number has held true throughout the years, and even today.

hiring of paramedics and more EMTs. This expansion made it possible for the CLFD to provide 24-hour medical services and ambulance transport. The new team received training to provide backup in fighting fires, as did the fireman train to assist the medical crew. With this expansion, came the need for more room. At that time, they were sharing space within the police department facility, but plans were underway on the development of their new building. In 2010, construction began on the current fire station, a majestic structure along N. 8th Street in the heart of Clear Lake. While the technology and method for fighting fires has changed from the line of men on the bucket brigade to what it is today, the heart of the firemen has not changed over the years. Their innate duty to serve the community, making it a better place for generations to come, still rings true in each and every one of them. Members take pride in being part of the Clear Lake Fire Department, dedicating their time selflessly to the betterment of our area. Clear Lake is a unique place to be a firefighter, too. With the added feature of having water rescue, even in the winter months, the proximity to the interstate, abundance of farmland, the pipeline, and the sheer size of this “small town” each create their own added obstacles for fireman who serve and protect. Regardless, their dedication has stood firm for the past 150 years and will hopefully continue for years to come.

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WHERE TO

shop

BASIC BIRDER AT THE LAKE

BLU FINN

BRIN + LEW

CLEAR LAKE ARTS CENTER

18 North 3rd Street • (641) 210-5404 basicbirder.net

504 Highway 18 West • (515) 291-1075 bluefinncollection.com

414 Main Avenue • (952) 807-5387

17 South 4th Street • (641) 357-1998 clearlakeartscenter.org

Brin & Lew specializes in graphic tees, sweatshirts, and other cozies designed specially for Clear Lake. We also carry specialty items including private label coffee and candles, swimwear, gifts, souvenirs & other fun things!

The Basic Birder is a locally family-owned business that has been serving the North Iowa area for 25+ years. We carry everything you need to feed the wild birds! From bird seed, feeders, and baths! We also carry outdoor décor, flags, windchimes, cards, and educational books!

A lifestyle brand with a vibe for lake living, our love for the water will always remain the inspiration for Blu Finn. Through our products we aspire to create feelings of freedom, tranquility, and being present in each moment. We believe in the motto that as long as there’s water, there’s a connection between all of us.

EVA MARIE’S

THE FUNKY ZEBRAS

GENERAL STORE

HOLISTIC HARMONY

907 North 8th Street • (641) 357-1951 shopevamaries.com

210 Highway 18 West, Suite B • (641) 357-0404 thefunkyzebras.com

830 US Highway 18 West • (641) 357-5270 or 3017 onevision.org/our-community/general-stores.html

313 North 8th Street • (641) 357-4372 holisticharmonycl.com

Where you will find uniquely distinctive furniture, décor and gifts. Where customer service is always a priority.

The Funky Zebras is a women’s clothing and accessory boutique offering a unique, neighborhood shopping experience. New visitors to the store often comment their WOW experience is due to the great selection and reasonable pricing. Stop in often as we update and add to inventory each week!

Treasure hunters take note: This thrift shop offers quality used clothing and household goods for sale in addition to a seasonal greenhouse. With tremendous community support, donations pour in daily so you never know what you’ll find!

Promoting benefical responses for body, mind and spirit through alternative therapies, teas and education. They serve & sell bulk teas, tea lattes & ice tea-lemonades; sell herbal remedies to increase wellness; teach classes on mindfulness, herbs, meditation & flower essences; and offer Reiki services.

JOURNEY HEALTH SHOP

K&B EMPORIUM

LAKE LIFESTYLE

LARSON’S MERCANTILE

600 2nd Avenue North • (641) 357-1494 journeyhealthshop.com

8 North 4th Street • (641) 357-4047 kandbemporiumandannas.com

311 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0068 clearlakelifestyle.com

323 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7544 larsonsmercantile.net

A small local health shop run by Clinical Herbalist, Christen Sherwood; featuring vitamins, supplements, natural remedies, organic herbs, teas, tinctures, essential oils, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, gifts, classes and community. We’ve got a whole lot in store! Stop and check us out for all your Natural Health Needs.

A restoration project of the original William Knaak and Herman Buss building, bringing a historical interior to a retail experience. The main level features a café with a variety of homemade lunch items and baked goods and ice cream. The retail selection varies from clothing, home décor, local artists and more. Enjoy their retail wine cellar and fine dining upstairs in Anna’s Ballroom.

A department store within a store! More than 25 card lines, home décor, jewelry, scarves, clothing, seasonal gifts, baby books and candles to name a few.

Clear Lake’s premier variety and gift store with a large craft and quilt department. Resort wear, one of a kind gift items and an ever-changing selection means there is something for everyone! Also, be sure to visit their new Hallmark Gold Crown department.

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A gift shop with trendy and unique items that will spark fond memories of your visit to the area and original paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry, and photographs by regional artists.

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RETAIL Featured listings are anchored in the community as members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

RALPHENE’S & LEGACY ANTIQUES

RED GERANIUM

SIMPLY NOURISHED

SKIPS KICKS

317 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2474

301 Main Avenue • (641) 357-1505 redgeraniumfloral.com

419 Main Avenue • (641) 357-4444 bewellnessclearlake.com

308 Main Avenue skipskicks.com

Come visit north Iowa’s No 1 florist at this charming downtown shop. Unique creations and décor add just the right touch for your home or business.

An independent and locally-owned all natural and organic grocery & health market, offering local produce, meat, eggs and dairy, minimally processed packaged foods and a large selection of specialty items, as well as personal care products, herbal teas, nutritional supplements, natural wines and grab-n-go lunches

Opening May 2021, Skip’s Kicks will be a retail shoe store located in downtown Clear Lake. We will be carrying higher end running shoes as well as sandals, casual shoes and boots for people of all ages. Starting a running club is one of the first things on our agenda! Let’s get active Clear Lake!

TRIED & TRUE

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

VISITOR CENTER GIFT SHOP

850 Highway 18 West • (641) 355-6300 onevision.org

415 Main Avenue • (641) 357-1417

205 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2159 clearlakeiowa.com

WEATHERED ELEMENTS

A beautiful and unique arrangement of old and new comes together in this charming gift shop, which has been a downtown staple for over 35 years. Cards, books, Life is Good, candles, Lang collectibles and an expanded kitchen department awaits you. You’re sure to find that perfect gift. Antiques, collectibles and primitives. Find treasures from the past to the present with connecting sister store Ralphene’s.

Tried and True is a specialty resale boutique offering apparel and accessories for the whole family. Designed to provide a unique resale shopping experience, all sales from Tried and True benefit One Vision, a local non-profit.

“Our passion is fashion!” We carry one of the largest selections of Tribal Sportswear in the area, along with brands such as KanCan Jeans, Multiples Slimsation, LuluB, Skechers, and many more. Our girls can accessorize you in jewelry, purses, shoes, and shapewear to make your outfit complete!

Stop by our downtown visitor center for that perfect Clear Lake souvenir! Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and extended weekend hours Memorial Day – Labor Day Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

401 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0970 shopweatheredelements.com The 2-level store features a full selection of women’s apparel, collectible gifts, including Lolita glassware, Kate Spade New York, plus a selection of fine wines and one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

CLOUD NINE BOUTIQUE & SPA 407 Main Avenue • (641) 529-2441

COLLECTOR’S WONDERLAND 403 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0182

DOLLAR GENERAL 600 Highway 18 • (641) 357-0941

FIELDSTONE CONSIGNMENT WILCOX FURNITURE

9 Plaza Drive #3 • (641) 529-0770

418 Main Avenue • (641) 357-5241

GOODNATURE’S WORK STOP

A downtown anchor for more than 60 years, Wilcox offers everything to outfit your home. Upscale furniture, carpeting, bedding and décor are arranged in beautiful displays on two levels.

520 Hwy 18 E • (641) 357-1913

GRACE & STRENGTH BOUTIQUE 802 7th Avenue North

WEEKEND JUNK WARRIORS 538 Hwy 18 West • (641) 430-3994

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The Glory Days of Woodford Island

Photo Credit Tom Gustafson, Above Clear Lake

By Rachel Wumkes Special thanks to Jan Lovell for her guidance and assistance in providing personal family details for this story.

People often use the phrase “if walls could talk” when describing interesting events happening at a certain place. Regarding Woodford Island, it wouldn’t so much be the walls doing the talking, but the vegetation and the land itself. Resting near the Bayside region on the south side of Clear Lake, the 3-acre island is a natural sanctuary of lush trees and thick brush, making it the perfect home for wildlife. A massive rock reef lies just under the surface of the water, every fisherman’s dream as they strive to catch the big one. The Island was not always such a serene place of natural beauty. Back in its early days, it was just the opposite, actually. A hub of hustle and bustle, the island was ‘the place to be.’ In 1861, the grant of the island land was given by Abraham Lincoln to Mason City pioneer resident Flavius J. Turnure. Throughout the years, the land was sold and purchased a handful of times. In the late 1860’s, the Milwaukee railroad came through Mason City, triggering 20

Clear Lake to become a resort destination for fisherman and hunters around the country. One of the most fascinating features of this piece of land, is the construction of the Hotel. Built in 1870, the Island Home Hotel was hailed as a place of beauty and social excursions. Being one of the most unusual hotel settings in the state of Iowa, the hotel was two stories in height, built in a Maltese Cross style. Decorators came from Chicago to adorn the building with décor and art. Patrons arrived at the lavish location via a steamboat aptly named “Lady of the Isle.” When she met her fate and sank, she was replaced with the “Island Queen” built entirely of iron. At that time, it was only option for transportation to and from the island. Attending catered parties at the Hotel was a prestigious honor. I can only imagine the splendor and magnificence of these events, as the island was the focal point of grandeur for the Clear Lake elite. In fact, it has been said the late suppers and dances were held well into the wee hours of the morning. Along with the hotel, there was another building which

housed a bowling alley, ice cream parlor and billiard tables. A racetrack was made around the outside of the island where people could place bets on horse races. Fueled by a strong wind, the Island Home Hotel burned to the ground in 1875. A second, much smaller, hotel was erected in its place which also burned shortly after its opening. When the island was purchased by CR Woodford in 1897, a home built by a former owner was already there. They remodeled the home to better suit their family, making it a rustic summer cottage. The building, which held the bowling alley, had been renovated into an icehouse, boathouse, and an apartment by a previous owner. The house remained on the island, garnering years of summer adventures for their family, until it was moved across the frozen lake in the winter of 1953 to Camp Tanglefoot. Before her passing, CR Woodford’s daughter, Esther Woodford Ashland, documented her fondest memories of growing up on the island in the early 1900s. She recalls spending quality time with her aunts, who had their summers free as they were both schoolteachers, learning clearlakeiowa.com


to identify flowers, constellations, and learning how to fish. As both aunts were vivid bird watchers, Esther stated she wished she had “charged her memory” of those times as she learned to identify the birds, their songs, and their habits. On the weekends, however, the island turned into a busy place as family, friends, and many guests came to visit. “I was especially lucky to be able to spend time at the cottage on the Island as a child,” she stated. “And later, my husband and I lived there the first summer after we were married. It was a beautiful place at that time – trees, but also open grassy areas. Many people seemed to consider it theirs, as they came on foot or wading across from Bayside and in boats. Sometimes they would wander around the outside of the house, staring inside to see what we were doing. Excursion boats brought crowds of passengers to Bayside on the weekends and, when the water happened to be low, a steady stream of people would head for the Island where they would spend the day. We often smiled at the usual scene – a girl sitting on the ground with her back against a tree – a man lying on the ground with his head in her lap.” clearlakeiowa.com

In 1971, the island was gifted by the Ashland’s to the State of Iowa on the stipulation it be left in its natural state, and no causeway constructed to make it part of the mainland. They felt very strongly that the island should be used by the people of Iowa, thus, it can be accessed by boat and used for public picnics and fishing. They asked the Conservation Commission to maintain trails and open areas so generations could enjoy exploring there. They have, along with the help of descendants of the Woodford/Ashland families, maintained this wish. The Island is held for public use only and no commercial enterprise is permitted on it.

To this day, the Island remains a focal point of our incredible lake. Over the years, hundreds of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts spent countless hours on the island, exploring and camping. So many people have such fond memories of their youth and spending time on the island. Riddled with such a rich history, I wish I could have seen it all those years ago. Back in the glory days of Woodford Island.

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The music lives on

ATTRACTIONS

By Rachel Wumkes

The historic Surf Ballroom and Museum has been a destination of bustling activity for years. Musicians book the venue on their way across the Midwest. The rich history of the building is embedded into the narrative of Rock ‘n Roll but recognized across every genre in the industry. It is touted that at the Surf, the “Music Lives On.” It did not die in a plane crash that fateful night in February, because it continues to beat within the hearts of music lovers across the globe. And then, seemingly without warning, a pandemic swept across the nation, shuddering the doors to live music venues everywhere. Including the Surf.

a National Historic Landmark in January 2021. Inclusion on the National Register provides nationwide recognition of a property’s historical or architectural significance and denotes that it is worthy of preservation. A true honor for the Surf Ballroom and the entire community of Clear Lake. It was a much-needed bright spot after such a trying year. And so, until bands can make a comeback onto the live music scene, we recommend soaking up the history of the Surf Ballroom by taking the self-guided walking tour or visiting the crash site. There is plenty of memorabilia to see regarding the past as we wait with anticipation for the return of live music at the Surf Ballroom.

For the first time in history, the hope that we hold onto, keeping the music alive… faded. That feeling, however, only lasted for a fleeting moment in time. A slew of donors, legacy members and grants kept the Surf Ballroom afloat, showing that the music truly does live on. Most recently, the Surf Ballroom received the most honorable accolade, being named as

Cypress Room Previously known as the SurfSide 6 Lounge/Cafe, this area functioned as a gathering area for dancers to take a break between songs and enjoy refreshments. Today, the lounge functions primarily as museum space filled with music memorabilia, authentic artifacts and photos of the many famous artists who have performed here.

January 13, 2021 The US Department of the Interior designated the Surf Ballroom as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing the Surf’s enduring role in the history of American Music. The Surf Ballroom is Iowa’s 27th National Historic Landmark. The Surf was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011; and in 2009 was dedicated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a historic rock and roll landmark as part of their ongoing Landmark Series. The Surf was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, three years after undergoing a historic rehabilitation lead by the Dean Snyder family of Clear Lake.

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Three Stars Plaza Located one block west of the Surf’s front entrance, this circular park plays off of the musical significance of the Surf Ballroom and honors the final performance of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The monument was built and dedicated in 2011 and features an art deco inspired central spindle, holding three 45 records in a position “ready to play”. At night, it is beautifully lit with bright blue neon lights around each of the records.

Green Room Marvel at the Surf’s famous Green Room where decades of performers have left their mark.

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Booths The Surf is fashioned after a South Seas beach club, complete with cabana style awnings & murals depicting breaking ocean waves as a backdrop. Concert-goers still enjoy a view of the stage from original booths designed to accommodate parties of up to six people.

Directions to Memorial Site GPS Coordinates: N 43º 13’12” W 93º 23’0” From US Hwy 18 in Clear Lake, go north on N 8th Street for 4.7 miles. (Road turns into Grouse Avenue) When the paved road curves to the west, take the gravel road to the east (310th Street), then immediately north again on gravel (Gull Avenue). Go north one-half mile. At the T-intersection of Gull Avenue and 315th Street, you will see a large set of “Buddy Holly” glasses. Walk along the south side of the fence row to the west about one-quarter mile.

Phone Booth Located just off the lobby, visitors will find the original phone used by Buddy Holly to call his wife, Maria Elena, & Ritchie Valens to call his manager, Bob Keene.

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Clear Lake Kindness Project Rachel Wumkes In a world where you can be anything… be kind. It’s a simple concept, really. The cognizant effort to choose kindness over everything else. To deflect the negativity swirling around our lives and combat it with something positive. In the midst of the global pandemic, when schools closed their doors and families remained inside their homes for days on end, something wonderful emerged. A bright light, casting its glow across Clear Lake. They called it the Clear Lake Kindness Project. The purpose was to spread happiness around like confetti, sprinkling among the residents of our wonderful community to create a bit of cheer. As the concept began to catch on, it became a double dose of awesomeness as it also helped many of our local businesses drum up a bit of extra business during a difficult time. Donuts were delivered to strangers. Cookies were delivered to neighbors. Friends left craft beer on each other’s doorsteps. Gift cards were distributed for everything from restaurants to retail stores to movie theatre popcorn, and arrays of bright-colored flowers were delivered often. Each of these with a note, explaining that someone was thinking of them, and they were to then pass on the kindness to someone else.

Liz FeFevre Thank you to...??? We are definitely a house of Pizza lovers and can’t wait to use this gift certificate to Papa Everett’s! Love Clear Lake and can’t wait to pass it on! #clearlakekindnessproject Tyler & Emily LeFevre

As there is no such thing as a small act of kindness, these gestures created a ripple effect. Like a single drop of water, each act created a wave with no logical end. The kindness perpetuated throughout Clear Lake for months on end. Throughout 2020, our town motto was “Together we Rise.” The Clear Lake Kindness Project was the epitome of that saying. We pulled together, banding as a solid unit to lift our neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers for the greater good of humanity. Because in a world where you can be anything… choose to be kind.

Stacy Doughan In a world where you can be anything, be kind. #clearlakekindnessproject #grateful Brielle, Maxton, & Addison Doughan

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Jamie McGrath An amazing unknown person suprised our family with a delicious breakfast delivery! We love South Shore Donut Co . We are excited to spread the joy to another family and support a local business. #clearlakekindnessproject Payton, Cohen, & Emersyn McGrath


attractions CENTRAL GARDENS OF NORTH IOWA

CITY BEACH

CLEAR LAKE ARTS CENTER

200 Block North 8th Street • (641) 357-0700 centralgardensnorthiowa.com

Downtown Clear Lake • cityofclearlake.com

17 South 4th Street • (641) 357-1998 clearlakeartscenter.org

With winding brick pathways leading you through the public garden’s nearly three acres of themed flower beds, ponds, stream beds, and art, you will be immersed with fresh air and nature’s beauty. Weekly events throughout summer including Fresh on Fridays and Picnics & Performances, plus private event rentals and tours.

Clear Lake is home to several beaches for fun in the sun! There are also several public access docks for you to enjoy. Brand new splash pad & bath house opened July 2020!

A cultural complex offering visual arts exhibitions, a gift shop with unique wares and art by regional artists, studios for creativity and classes, a performing arts wing, and the Sukup Lakeside Courtyard and Sculpture Garden.

CLEAR LAKE FIRE MUSEUM

KINNEY PIONEER MUSEUM

LADY OF THE LAKE

112 North 6th Street • (641) 357-2613 • clearlakefire.com

9184 265th Street • (641) 423-1258

Relive the history of firefighting at Iowa’s first fire museum, built to resemble a fire station from the early 1900s. It is home to some of Clear Lake’s earliest firefighting equipment, including a 1883 hand drawn hose cart and 1924 pumper truck. A 9/11 memorial is featured in front of the Fire Station.

Take a step back in time and experience life on the Iowa frontier through the vintage exhibits and living history. Explore the pioneer village featuring a one-room school house, log cabin, jail, and blacksmith shop.

101 North Lakeview Drive • (641) 357-2243 cruiseclearlake.com

LAKE THEATRE

SURF BALLROOM

VETERANS MEMORIAL GOLF CLUB

14 North 4th Street • (641) 357-2414 • clearlaketheatre.com

460 North Shore Drive • (641) 357-6151 surfballroom.com

2000 North Shore Drive • (641) 357-4457 veteransmemorialgolf.com

Known worldwide for its place in rock ‘n’ roll history, the Surf Ballroom keeps live music alive in North Iowa. Fans and musicians alike flock to the site where the 1940s big bands toured and where Buddy Holly, JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens played what was to be their final concert. A popular venue for touring national artists and local events, the Surf brings generations together. Open Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM and Memorial Day - Labor Day weekends Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM and Sunday 1 - 4 PM. Donations accepted. Guided tours can be arranged.

Named Iowa’s 9-hole course of the year in 2015, this public par 36 course offers an enjoyable round of golf for all players with beautiful views, wide bluegrass fairways, and well-kept greens. Also enjoy the practice range, pro shop and clubhouse wit full bar.

State of the art technology, great concessions all with the charm and service you’d expect from your hometown theatre! We strive to make sure we give you the best experience we can deliver, freshest concession, friendliest smiles, biggest movies including premiers; all at prices that will make you smile.

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For the true Clear Lake experience, you have to get on the water! The Lady of the Lake is an authentic paddle wheel excursion boat, offering scenic tours of Clear Lake. Wednesday nights are Dockside Night!

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This listing includes Clear Lake businesses that are Chamber Members. We also have many members located throughout North Iowa, as well as in-home businesses. For a full listing of all Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Members, go to clearlakeiowa.com. For restaurant listings, see page 8, and retail shopping, see page 18. In those sections, members are noted by an anchor for their commitment to the Clear Lake community.

Welcome to Clear Lake, Iowa!

-Stacy Doughan President & CEO Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

From beautiful, calming sunsets to endless family activities, Clear Lake continues to attract visitors (and residents) just like you. People of all ages are drawn to the lake, the fun, and especially the warm hospitality of resident Clear Lakers.

MOVEMENT SOLUTIONS OF CLEAR LAKE, INC.

Over 450 area businesses are members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Their investment in the Chamber allows us to keep Clear Lake’s calendar packed with great events. There’s always something to do here which makes this a great place to live, work, and visit!

Quality used cars, trucks, and boats sales, plus full-service RV rentals with concierge set-up service right to your campsite. Rent a pontoon that’s tied up at the dock and ready to go, with optional water toys to pull behind! Also offering a wide variety of water sports rentals including float pads, wakeboards, ITbikes, kayaks, canoes, and more -- all with delivery service available!

In addition to planning award-winning events, the Chamber also promotes and provides support to our local business community. We help businesses extend their marketing reach through our website and social media channels. Members can take advantage of advertising opportunities, educational sessions, networking events, and other business resources. Our mission is ultimately to connect our members with the tools and resources they need to succeed. So, stop in to any of the members listed here, and thank them for investing in Clear Lake, and, if you’re interested in becoming a member, let us know!

712 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-3535 • movementclearlake.com

MUSKIE RENTALS 700 East Lake Street, Ventura • (641) 512-1884

NORTH IOWA AIR SERVICE 9184 265th Street, Suite 10 • (641) 357-2773 • northiowaair.com

NORTH IOWA COLLISION CENTER, INC. 11201 265th Street • (641) 421-8555 • northiowacollisioncenter.com

PRITCHARD’S LAKE CHEVROLET 3005 Willow Creek Court • (641) 357-2612 lakechevroletclearlake.com

AUTOMOTIVE, TRANSPORTATION, BOAT & MARINE

DURADOCK

BILLION FORD OF CLEAR LAKE

GLEN’S TIRE SERVICE, INC.

3101 Willow Creek Court • 641-357-7533 • billionfordclearlake.com

4309 7th Avenue North • (641) 529-0698 • duradock.us 880 US Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-7117 • glenstireservice.com

HAPPY TRAILS WRECKER SERVICE 1912 North 32nd Street • (641) 512-0950 happytrailswreckerservice.com

BOB’S MARINE SERVICE, INC 4859 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-2627 • bobsmarinecl.com

HIGHWAY 18 STORAGE 1620 Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-0871 • highway18storage.com

Your hometown marine expert with more than 28 years of Clear Lake experience, Bob will assist you with finding the perfect ShoreStation dock and hoist. Offering a full line of services, from hoist storage and repair.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORE #1896 202 US Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-1693 (Pizza) •(641) 357-1493 (General) caseys.com

CLEAR LAKE BAIT & TACKLE INC. 524 Hwy 18 East • (641) 231-8028 • clearlakebait.com

RAKA 3610 Highway 18 East • rakagrp.com

ROBERTS MARINE INC. 915 North 40th Street • (641) 357-3180

RYCO DOCK MANUFACTURING 2920 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-1600 • rycodock.com

THE AUTO HOSPITAL, INC. 107 South 3rd Street • (641) 357-8200 • autohospitalinc.com

THE CLEAR DETAIL 1104 South 14th Street • (319) 830-9864 • thecleardetail.com

THEILEN AUTO SALES/CUSTOM CAR TUNES 10536 265th Street • (641) 424-3352 • theilenautosales.com

INTERSTATE BATTERIES 504 US Hwy 18 • (641) 357-5171 • interstatebatteries.com Looking for a battery? Look no further. We have access to more than 16,000 different batteries. Please stop in and let the experts help you with all of your battery needs.

JBS RENTALS AQUATIC WEED CUTTING 603 East Lake Street, Ventura • (641) 425-8733

TIRE EXPERTS 1000 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-1016 • northiowatires.com

TONY’S TIRE TRUCK & TOWING 2406 15th Avenue North • (641) 357-4466• tonystireservice.com

TRUCK CENTER COMPANIES 2911 Willow Creek Court • (641) 357-7446 • htctrucks.com

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

CLEAR LAKE BOATS

KEVAN PAUL’S GUIDE SERVICE

ASSN. FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CLEAR LAKE

Marina - 15296 Raney Drive • (641) 357-5571 • clearlakeboats.com Sales - 1604 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-0961

1302 North 7th Street • (641) 529-2359 • paulsfishingguide.com

P. O. Box 54 • (641) 923-2837 Ext. 3 • clearproject.net

LADY OF THE LAKE

BELL HARBOR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

101 North Lakeview Drive • (641) 357-2243 • cruiseclearlake.com

LAKE AUTO SERVICE

15293 Bashford Avenue • (641) 357-2085 bellharborhomeowners.com

712 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-7200 • lakeautoservice.com

CERRO GORDO COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE

LAKE TIME BOAT CLUB 4859 South Shore Drive • (641) 231-1414 • laketimeboatclub.com

204 South 8th Street • (641) 529-1856 relayforlife.org/cerrogordocountyia

LUKER’S ALL AMERICAN STORAGE

CLEAR LAKE BOOSTER CLUB

200 & 910 South 24th Street • (641) 357-4200 lukersallamericanstorage.com

(641) 355-3533 • clearlakebooster.membershiptoolkit.com

A retail boat dealership selling Duralift, Cobalt, Hurricane, Bennington & Premier Pontoons, used boats and boating supplies. A marina with 24/7 gas dock, boat and PWC rentals, parts, & service. Our motto is ‘’We Sell Fun’’, and we will do everything possible to ensure your boating experience is all you expect it to be.

CLEAR LAKE LASER WASH 1104 4th Street • (641) 357-5664

CLEAR LAKE STORAGE DEPOT 1311 4th Avenue South • (515) 249-4848 • clstoragedepot.com

DON’S BODY SHOP 304 South 20th Street • (641) 357-4656

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CLASS CAR CLUB P.O. Box 416 • (641) 425-5189 • classcarclub.com

CLEAR LAKE AREA CONCERT ASSOCIATION 705 North Shore Drive • (641) 357-8642 • clearlakeconcerts.org

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CLEAR LAKE EVENING LIONS

CITY OF VENTURA

TALBOT FINANCIAL DESIGNS

P. O. Box 527 • (641) 357-5466

101 Sena Street, Ventura • (641) 829-3861 • venturaiowa.com

604 Buddy Holly Place • (515) 575-9282

FOOD & WINE FAREWAY STORES, INC.

CLEAR LAKE FARMER’S MARKET

CLEAR LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

460 North Shore Drive • (641) 357-3090 clearlakefarmersmarket.com

205 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2159 • (800) 285-5338 clearlakeiowa.com

LOUIE’S CUSTOM MEATS

The mission of the Clear Lake Farmers Market is to offer healthy, fresh produce and handcrafted products to consumers while building community connections and supporting the local economy. Our community market is held Saturday mornings 9 AM – noon, Memorial Day weekend until the third Saturday in October.

The mission of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve our membership and provide value through opportunities in networking, advocacy, and business resources.

PERRY’S SWEET TREATS

CLEAR LAKE FISHING CLUB

CLEAR PROJECT

P.O. Box 565 • (641) 430-6348 • clearlakefishingclub.com

CLEAR LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 800 1st Avenue South • (641) 430-7729 clearlakehistoricalsociety.com

CLEAR LAKE JAYCEES P.O. Box 333 • iowajaycees.com

CLEAR LAKE NOON LIONS P.O. Box 804 • clearlakelions.com

CLEAR LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 1529 3rd Avenue North • (641) 357-2181 • clearlakeschools.org 800 1st Avenue South • (641) 357-2200 • clearproject.net

CLEAR LAKE YACHT CLUB 103 Main Avenue • (641) 357-8001 • clyciowa.com

MIDWEST SLED FEST (641) 420-0248 • midwestsledfest.com

NORTH IOWA MUSIC, ARTS & PAGEANTRY INC. 5481 South Shore Drive • (641) 529-2771 • northiowamusicarts.org

NORTH IOWA YOUTH FOR CHRIST 107 North 4th Street • (641) 357-9320 • niyfc.com

PATRIOTS FOR PETS 805 North 40th Street • (641) 357-8050 • patriotsforpets.com

POWERHOUSE THEATRE (952) 261-6750 • phtheatre.com

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER 105 South 4th Street • (641) 357-5443

SHARE LIFE 210 South 4th Street • (641) 355-6532 • sharelifeclearlake.com

SURF BALLROOM MUSIC ENRICHMENT CENTER 509 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-6151 surfballroom.com/programs-yf.html

VENTURA GUN CLUB 1488 255th Street, Ventura • (641) 829-3364 • venturagunclub.com

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 4868 219 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7964 • clearlakevfw.com

COMMUNITY

HEALTH & WELLNESS 7 South 8th Street, Suite C • (641) 357-1003 • athletico.com

BIO SECURITY SERVICES, LLC

1200 North 9th Street West • (641) 357-5277 • onevision.org

(515) 689-8110 • biosecurityservicesllc.com

FINANCIAL AQUARIUS TAX AND BOOKKEEPING 314 North 7th Street • (641) 450-1300 • aquariustb.com

CLEAR LAKE CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 614 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-8659

CLEAR LAKE OPTOMETRY 14 North 8th Street • (641) 357-2020 • cloptometry.com

CLEAR LAKE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 1601 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-7177 • clpediatricdentistry.com

CORNERSTONE PHYSICAL THERAPY CLEAR LAKE BANK & TRUST 322 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7121 • clearlakebank.bank A locally owned bank since 1934 with four locations in Clear Lake, Garner and Mason City. Need cash? Our Clear Lake ATMs are available near Wendy’s, inside Fareway & Randy’s Neighborhood Market and at our downtown office drive-up.

DON MOORE INCOME TAX PREPARATION

8 North 8th Street Suite A • (641) 494-5255 • mcclinic.com

CUTTING EDGE FITNESS 5 TeamQuest Way • (641) 357-5515 • cuttingedge-fit.com

DEMRO ORTHODONTICS 440 North Shore Drive • (641) 424-3375 • demroorthodontics.com

GABRIELSON CLINIC FOR WOMEN/ESTETICO MEDICAL SPA

604 Buddy Holly Place Ste 104 • (641) 201-6936

401 South 17th Street • (641) 357-1800 gabrielsonclinic4women.com

EDWARD JONES - SPENSER RAHM

JESSICA QUALEY, RN, REIKI PRACTICIONER, PSYCHIC MEDIUM

630 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-1434 • edwardjones.com

(641) 420-6904 • jessicaqualey.com

FARMERS STATE BANK

KICK USA KARATE

210 1st Avenue North • (641) 357-6174 5 Ventura Street, Ventura • (641) 829-3988 • fsbbanks.com

207 South 24th Street • (641) 430-3846 • kickusakarate.com

H&R BLOCK

102 North 5th Street • (641) 357-4112 • lakedentalassociates.com

503 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2733 • hrblock.com

LAKEFIT

INVESTMENT CENTER OF CLEAR LAKE

800 North 8th Street • (641) 357-0010 • lakefitnorthiowa.com

322 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7106 • investmentcenterclearlake.com

MERCY FAMILY PHARMACY

JOHNSON WEALTH & INCOME MANAGER

1410 6th Avenue South • (641) 231-8900 • mercynorthiowa.com

11 Plaza Drive • (866) 290-3837 johnsonwim.com

NIP FITNESS

LAKE DENTAL ASSOCIATES

216 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-1647 • nipfitness.com

OPTIMUM HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC 506 Main Avenue • (641) 357-1211 • drnickmccolley.com

MBT BANK 1919 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-6161 • mbtbank.com MBT is a family owned community bank in North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota. We are a full service bank serving all of your Banking, Insurance and Investment needs.

SCRIBBINS FAMILY DENTISTRY 108 South 4th Street • (641) 357-3315 • scribbinsfamilydentistry.com

SORENSEN FAMILY DENTISTRY 800 1st Avenue North, #2 • (641) 357-8111 • lakesmiles.com

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL 610 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-6265 • steve-faber.com

POTTER & BRANT P.L.C. 31 Plaza Drive • (641) 357-5291 • potterandbrant.com

405 27th Avenue South • (641) 357-7083 • pickapplevalley.com

STONE’S BOOKKEEPING LLC

CITY OF CLEAR LAKE

2400 South Shore Drive Lot 21 • (641) 529-7313 stonesbookkeeping.com

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209 4th Avenue South • (641) 583-2373

ONE VISION

APPLE VALLEY ASSISTED LIVING 15 North 6th Street • (641) 357-5267 • cityofclearlake.com

RITZ RINGS & THINGS

ATHLETICO PHYSICAL THERAPY

UNITED TO SERVE WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE 408 15th Street Southeast • (641) 425-0431 unitedtoserveamerica.com

20 South 4th Street • (641) 357-2167 • familyfoodsia.com

400 US Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-5244 • abcmcorp.com

IFCA (INTERFAITH FELLOWSHIP OF COMMUNITY ACTION)

(641) 430-2581 • facebook.com/clkiwanis

RANDY’S NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET

OAKWOOD CARE CENTER

14948 Dogwood Avenue • (641) 357-2481 • girlscoutsiowa.org

KIWANIS CLUB OF CLEAR LAKE

508 Bedford Street • (641) 529-1614

7 B South 8th Street • (641) 357-7277 • charliebrownpreschools.com

GIRL SCOUTS CAMP TANGLEFOOT 112 North 4th Street • (641) 357-5568

810 Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-6100 • louiescustommeats.net

LAKE TOWN CHARLIE BROWN PRESCHOOL & CHILD CARE

CLEAR LAKE ROTARY CLUB P. O. Box 227 • (641) 357-2992 • clearlakeiowarotary.org

910 US Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-5773 • fareway.com

THRIFTY WHITE PHARMACY 1907 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-5271 • thriftywhite.com As an employee owned pharmacy, we are proud of our commitment to the Clear Lake community and offer comprehensive services to make it easier to get and stay healthy. Our pharmacy teams are passionate and committed to addressing your specific needs and finding the best solution for your healthcare plan.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

TINA’S SCHOOL OF DANCE & DANCING LOTUS YOGA

P&T SALES/MIRAGE

309 1/2 Main Avenue • (641) 590-1766

11262 265th Street • (641) 201-1999 • ptsalesonline.com

WAYPOINT MEDICAL

SKYWAY INC

1801 Highway 18 East • (641) 357-1999 • waypointclinic.com

4999 South Shore Drive • (641) 529-7035 • skywayinc.net

WE CARE CHIROPRACTIC LLC

SNOW CONSTRUCTION

1524 US Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-7189

2500 South 8th Street • 641-512-8882 • snow-construction.com

ALLEN TRAVEL AGENCY

SWARTY’S, LLC

300 1st Avenue North • (641) 357-5223 • allen2travel.com

HOME & CONSTRUCTION

ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL

1005 5th Avenue South • (641) 231-1231 • facebook.com/swartysllc

BANDS BY O’BRIEN

912 North 13th Street • (641) 357-1923 • aturaarchitecture.com

314 North 7th Avenue • (641) 420-3661 • bandsbyobrien.com

(515) 200-7970 • budgetblinds.com/masoncity

WOODFORD LUMBER & HOME COMPANY

CARDINAL CLEANING

210 North 4th Street • (641) 357-2134 • woodfordlumber.com

2532 South Shore Drive • (641) 357-1695

CHARLSON EXCAVATING CO., INC. 4111 7th Avenue North • (641) 357-5601 • charlsoninc.com

COUNTRY LANDSCAPES, INC. 3210 Hwy 122 • (641) 357-4919 • countrylandscapes.com

Woodford Lumber and Home Company has been proudly serving North Iowa since 1869. They offer only the finest lumber and building materials for new home construction, additions, and remodeling.

DEAN SNYDER CONSTRUCTION CO. 913 North 14th Street • (641) 357-2283 • deansnyderconst.com

HELPS DRAIN & SEPTIC SERVICE 124 North 20th Street • (641) 423-0101 • helpsdrain.com

HEROLD-REICKS SURVEYING 805 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 231-8092 • hrsurveying.com

INDUSTRY 1411 North 36th Place • (641) 357-7333 • grainvacsinc.com

KINGLAND SYSTEMS CORPORATION 1401 6th Avenue South • (641) 355-1000 • kingland.com

MCKESSON 2101 12th Avenue South • (641) 355-7300 • mckesson.com

METAL FABRICATORS, INC. 1907 6th Avenue South • (641) 357-1777 • themetalfabricatorsinc.com

SERTA MATTRESS COMPANY

580 US Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-7080 • kramerhardware.com

914 North 14th Street • (641) 357-5274 • nicoop.com 500 South 17th Street • (641) 357-2276 • serta.com

T. T. I., INC. 502 South 15th Street • (641) 357-1406 • ttiinc.com

TEAMQUEST CORPORATION

LAKE COUNTRY WINDOW CLEANING

1 TeamQuest Way • (641) 357-2700 • teamquest.com

1506 Willow Place • (641) 529-7514 lakecountrywindow.wixsite.com/website

1301 South 24th Street • (641) 357-7283 • titanprosci.com

TITAN PRO

LAKE FIREPLACE & SPA

INSURANCE

1604 Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-3325 • lakefireplace.com

MASTER FLOORS - CARPET ONE 402 South 15th Street • (641) 357-7869 • carpetone.com This locally owned family business has been in retail for over 25 years. With more than 200 years combined experience in flooring, they are the local experts for your next project. Their masterful expertise is matched with their commitment to community. Home of The Beautiful Guarantee®: You’ll love your new floor, or we’ll replace it for free.

CLEAR LAKE VETERINARY HOSPITAL 1004 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-2429

COLLETTE’S FINE ART & GRAPHICS

GRAIN VACS INC.

1600 2nd Avenue North • (641) 357-4868 huntjelectric.wordpress.com

KRAMER HARDWARE & RENTAL

919 North Shore Drive • (515) 268-9333 • celebrationsames.com 12 North 4th Street • (641) 357-2131 • clreporter.com

NORTH IOWA COOPERATIVE

101 North 8th Street • (641) 357-5575 • kingconstruction.biz

CELEBRATIONS PARTY & RENTAL CLEAR LAKE MIRROR REPORTER

JIM HUNT ELECTRIC LLC KING CONSTRUCTION & OVERHEAD DOOR, INC.

518 South 8th Street, Suite 102 • (641) 512-4774 blushsalonandspa.com

309 South 20th Street • (641) 357-4604 • yohnco.com

212 North 11th Street • (641) 357-0184 • currierelectric.com 1006 North 8th Street West • (641) 357-0227

BLUSH SALON & SPA

YOHN READY MIX & EXCAVATING

CURRIER ELECTRIC DAVE’S DECK CARE, CARPENTRY AND REMODELING

AMERICAN SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS 2000 North 24th Street • (816) 668-2459 • americanbus.com

ATURA ARCHITECTURE BUDGET BLINDS OF CLEAR LAKE

4005 7th Avenue North • (641) 357-4517 absolutewasteremoval.com

712 3rd Avenue North • (515) 230-2998

DESTINATION TRAVEL SERVICES 5273 Lakeview Drive • (641) 357-2305 • destinationtravelonline.com

DIAMOND OAK EVENTS 9400 Wheelerwood Drive • (641) 357-1075 • diamondoakevents.com

DOUGLAS R. GRABINSKI - ATTORNEY AT LAW P.O. Box 227 • (641) 357-2992 • grabinskilaw.com

FAITH, HOPE & LOVE (402) 677-6248

FEDERAL EXPRESS 5205 Hwy 122 East • (641) 357-4664 • fedex.com

HEROLD-REICKS SURVEYING 805 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 512-8004• hrsurveying.com

HAIRAPY BY LAURA & THE PERFECT 10 NAIL SALON 10 South 3rd Street • (641) 425-4695 (Hairapy by Laura) (641) 529-1930 (The Perfect 10 Nail Salon)

IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY 606 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-3965 • photock.com

LAKE PETS (641) 530-5209 • lakepets50428.wixsite.com

CLB&T INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

LANDFILL OF NORTH IOWA

322 Main Avenue • (641) 355-2223 • clbtins.com

15942 Killdeer Avenue • (641) 357-5452 • landfillnorthiowa.org

FIRST GABRIELSON AGENCY 815 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-6117 • firstgabrielsonagency.com

GLIENKE AGENCY, LLC 105 North 6th Street • (641) 357-5072 • theglienkeagency.com

MATT DODGE AGENCY INC. 912 North 8th Street West • (641) 357-2505 • mattdodgeagency.com

LAURA MEYER CREATIVE STUDIO (515) 585-0498 • laurameyerstudio.com

KIM RUTER STATE FARM

With 10+ years of experience in my back pocket, I help my clients create their projects with their customer’s experience in mind.

MIDLAND CONCRETE PRODUCTS, LLC

418 North Shore Drive • (641) 357-8292 • kimruter.com

LAIRD LAW FIRM

1714 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-2176 midlandconcreteproducts.com

STEPHANY INSURANCE

306 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7296

220 Hwy 18 West • (641) 357-6300 • stephanyinsurance.com

MOW-TIVATED D&T LAWN CARE

MP HOME DESIGN

413 S 8th St • (507) 421-9626

(708) 638-5298 • mphomedesign.com

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CLEAR LAKE COFFEE ROASTERS

P.O. Box 422 • (760) 485-2002

311 Main Avenue (located inside Lake Lifestyles) • (515) 321-3424 clearlakecoffeeroasters.com

PRESTIGE ESTATE SERVICES 206 12th Avenue South • (515) 218-1611 • prestigeestateservices.com

S & K ENTERPRISES - S & K PALLETS 3110 4th Avenue South • (641) 357-0525 • s-kenter.com

STILLMAN LAW FIRM 304 Main Avenue • (641) 357-2129 stillmanlawfirm.com

KRIS FODDRILL, REALTOR (515) 290-8605 • kris.huzikerrealty.com My family has owned property and operated businesses in the Clear Lake are for over 40 years. I know this area well and I am happy to help you with your real estate needs both here in Clear Lake and in central Iowa.

210 Highway 18 West, Suite D • (641) 357-8070 studio65tattoo.com

STUDIO B 12 North 3rd Street • (641) 529-2482 • studiobclearlake.com

TQ TECHNOLOGIES 630 US Hwy 18 East • (641) 355-2700 • tqtechnologies.com Your local source for all of your computer sales and service needs. Our technicians have over 35 years of experience. We are a Dell, Microsoft and Carbonite partner so we can provide your home or business with the best hardware, software and backup solutions available. We are North Iowa’s premier one-stop computer shop. Like us on Facebook!

UNDERWOOD CONSULTING 609 South Shore Drive • (641) 420-3896

WARD - VAN SLYKE COLONIAL CHAPEL 101 North 4th Street • (641) 357-2193 • colonialchapels.com

REAL ESTATE & APARTMENTS

204 South 10th Street • (641) 529-3003

DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS 1400 7th Avenue North Lot 30 • (515) 419-6406 mydoterra.com/michelekicherer

KW ALLIANCE

HIGH ROLLIN’ STEEL

700 Buddy Holly Place • (641) 357-8100 • kw-alliance.com

35 Four Winds Drive • (515) 851-0116 • facebook.com/HighRollinSteel

LEGACY RANCH 2532 South Shore Drive • (641) 355-3007

Established in 1913, Stillman Law Firm has been the go-to firm in the Clear Lake and northern Iowa region for over a century.

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CRAFTS UNITED

LOOT BY LOUISE 7021 27th Way • (641) 430-0048 • etsy.com/shop/LootByLouise

LAKE IOWA REALTY 1112 Hwy 18 East • (641) 357-6123 • lakeiowarealty.com We at Lake-IOWA REALTY understand what draws people to the Clear Lake area, and the unique fabric of life that keeps them here. We have been helping fellow residents and newcomers with their real estate needs since 1956!

LAKELAND PARK APARTMENTS

RACHEL SMITH BOOKS, LLC (515) 729-3325 • facebook.com/AuthorRachelSmith

PAMPERED CHEF 2006 16th Avenue North • (641) 425-7267 pamperedchef.biz/sherrywilcox

210 West 10th Avenue North, Apt. 109 • (641) 357-2378 oakleafpm.com

PLAIN OL’ PUMPKINS

LAKESIDE BROKERS

ZYIA BY MELISSA MILLER

421 Main Ave • (641) 529-1114 • lakesidepropertiesonline.com

4333 260th Street • (641) 529-0420 (319) 269-4262 • myzyia.com/MELISSAMILLER/shop/preshop.aspx

UTILITIES MCQUAID AGENCY 415 1st Avenue South • (641) 357-3330 • mcquaidagency.com McQuaid Agency is your Real Estate Resource in the North Iowa Real Estate Market. Whether buying or selling, call McQuaid Agency for unparalleled service. Your satisfaction is our number one priority. Our team of agents carry experience, knowledge of the market, are skilled negotiators and deliver great results.

CL TEL 107 North 4th Street • (641) 357-2111 • cltel.com CL Tel is a full-service telecommunications and broadband service provider in Clear Lake and Ventura. We make it easier for you - with Internet speeds up to a gigabit, TV, phone, security, and business solutions.

HAWKEYE POWER PARTNERS, LLC 10620 Balsam Avenue, Ventura • (561) 694-3987 nextaeraenergyresources.com

CENTURY 21 PREFERRED

SCHONEMAN REALTORS

417 Main Avenue • (641) 357-9400 • century21preferredteam.com

302 Main Avenue • (641) 357-0500 • schonemanrealtors.com

Century 21 preferred is North Iowa’s preferred choice in real estate serving all of North Iowa. Our clients are the number one priority. We work diligently representing your real estate needs. Office locations: 2800 4th St. SW., Suite 3 Mason City; 417 Main Ave., Clear Lake, and 513 Central Ave., Northwood.

North Iowa’s largest real estate company with offices in Mason City, Clear Lake, and Garner, Schoneman, REALTORS® has been serving Real Estate buyers and sellers in North Iowa since 1976, earning an unparalleled reputation for integrity and professionalism. Our full-service company offers residential, commercial, new construction, agricultural, recreational, and rental brokerage

CLEAR LAKE REALTY 907 North 8th Street • (641) 425-2547 • clearlakerealty4u.com

TIMBERCREST APARTMENTS

Your North Iowa Real Estate company! We can help you find your perfect home. Learn about North Iowa towns, cities, and the best places to live in Iowa.

1200 North 9th Street West • (641) 529-7736 glenoakscommunity.org

HALL REALTY

Discover scenic views, recreational opportunities, and new friendships while enjoying the warmth, securities, and comforts of your new home. Newly constructed apartments offer exceptional modern amenities and direct access to many more. TimberCrest is custom designed with active and engaged seniors in mind.

203 Main Avenue • (641) 357-7373 • hallrealtyclearlake.com The professionals at Hall Realty are the smart choice for buying or selling. We offer our keen knowledge of the region as well as extraordinary expertise and years of experience to both buyers and sellers. We are the “go to” people for your real estate needs. Integrity, advanced marketing expertise, commitment to our community and a great positive outlook is what Hall Realty can offer you. We do real estate - and proud of it.

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SPECIALTY RETAIL B & D CREATIONS 2306 16th Avenue North • (641) 529-1750

BUSIGIRL FITNESS & ZYIA (641) 420-7835 busigirlfitness.com

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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH CLEAR LAKE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2010 14th Avenue North• (641) 357-5813 • clcciowa.com Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. • Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 a.m.

923 Buddy Holly Place* • (641) 357-2818 • congregationalclearlake.com Sunday School - 9 a.m. • Sunday Worship Service - 10:10 a.m.

1001 9th Avenue South • (641) 357-3214-Rectory stpatrick.weconnect.com Saturday Mass - 4 p.m. • Sunday Mass - 10 a.m.

*Food Bank Location

ZION ROADSIDE CHAPEL South 24th Street • (641) 357-5261 • zionclearlake.org

CLEAR LAKE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 1310 US Highway 18 West • (641) 357-7581 • clearlakefree.org Sunday Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. • Sunday Classes - 11 a.m.

The intricate stained glass cross in the chapel serves as a beacon to interstate travelers. Venture up the wooded drive, through the white gates adorned with angels, to the peaceful chapel built with a combination of salvaged materials from a local church and the talents of local artisans. Travelers feel rejuvenated after spending time at this peaceful sanctuary.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH

508 2nd Avenue North* • (641) 357-5247 • clearlakeumc.org Sunday Worship Services - 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday Worship Service 5:10 p.m.

*Food Bank Location

CLEAR LAKE REGULAR BAPTIST CHURCH 314 North 6th Street • (641) 357-5851 • irbc.org Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

2200 North 24th Street • (641) 357-7500 • harvestclearlake.org Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

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112 North 4th Street • (641) 357-5261 • zionclearlake.org Saturday Worship Services 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Services 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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FISHING LICENSES Resident Fishing Season Non-Resident Season 7-Day Fishing 3-Day Fishing 1-Day Fishing

(16 and older) $22 (16 and older) $48 (Resident) $15.50 (Non-Resident) $37.50 (Non-Resident) $20.50 (Resident) $10.50 (Non-Resident) $12

LICENSES ARE SOLD AT THESE CHAMBER MEMBER BUSINESSES Clear Lake Bait & Tackle 524 Highway 18E (641) 231-8028 Eagle Ave.

VISIT THE AQUARIUM AT THE DNR OFFICE 1203 North Shore Drive Get a good look at several species of fish found in North Iowa at the DNR Aquarium. Browse the tanks featuring walleye, perch, muskie, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish, plus rough fish species and panfish including crappies, yellow and white bass. Open April to October Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. Free Admission.

Kramer Ace Hardware 580 Highway 18E (641) 357-7080

BLUEBILL LAKE 14369 South 40th Street. Just four miles southeast of Clear Lake, Bluebill is a 40-acre lake filled with great fishing. Species include channel catfish, largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and bluegill. It has a hard surface boat ramp (electric motors only), fishing jetty, and restrooms.

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