Of the 99 counties in the state of Iowa, Dickinson County has the largest percentage of undeveloped and protected land, which include wetlands, sloughs, woodlands and, of course, lakes. In addition to the previously mentioned waterways, the Iowa Great Lakes Area encompasses numerous lakes of all shapes and sizes. Five of the more recognized bodies are Upper Gar, Lower Gar, Center, Minnewashta and Little Spirit lakes.
Center Lake is a small lake with calm waters, perfect for residents looking to fish, wakeboard and ski. Most residential properties can be found along the eastern shoreline of Center Lake, The majority of the western side is protected tracts maintained by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Upper Gar, Lower Gar and Minnewashta lakes provide a "pass thru" to East Okoboji and West Okoboji lakes. For many residents, boats are easier to get in and out of the smaller lakes so they can still access amenities without being in the middle of the bustle on both Okoboji lakes.