Resource Directory
Lake Pahoja Recreational AreaContact:   
Lyon County Conservation Board
1831 Buchanan Avenue
Inwood, IA 51240
Phone: (712) 753-2313


Lake Pahoja Recreational Area is a 282-acre, highly developed, multi-use recreation area offering a wide variety of activities centered around its 72-acre lake. A 4-mile hard surface walking and biking trail circles the lake and 81 campsites with electrical hookups and modern comfort stations are available. A swimming beach, playgrounds, picnic shelters and handicap fishing pier round out the amenities. Open year round.

Lake Pahoja Recreational AreaContact:   
Lyon County Conservation Board
1831 Buchanan Avenue
Inwood, IA 51240
Phone: (712) 753-2313


Lake Pahoja Recreational Area is a 282-acre, highly developed, multi-use recreation area offering a wide variety of activities centered around its 72-acre lake. A 4-mile hard surface walking and biking trail circles the lake and 81 campsites with electrical hookups and modern comfort stations are available. A swimming beach, playgrounds, picnic shelters and handicap fishing pier round out the amenities. Open year round.

Larchwood City ParkContact:   
Larchwood, IA 51240

The Larchwood City Park is located on Holder Street/Highway 9 between Rulland and Williams Streets.

The park has a large and small open shelter house with electricity and grills and one enclosed shelter house with electricity, hot water and a refrigerator. To reserve the enclosed shelter house please call the City Clerk at 477-2366.

The City is very proud of their park. The Jesse Fell Walkway is a great place to take a walk or ride your bike through the European Larch and Catalpa Trees. The park is beautifully landscaped and also offers a playground, tennis/basketball court, volleyball, soccer and baseball area.

Larchwood City ParkContact:   
City Clerk
Larchwood, IA 51240
Phone: (712) 477-2366


The Larchwood City Park is located on Holder Street/Highway 9 between Rulland and Williams Streets.

The park has a large and small open shelter house with electricity and grills and one enclosed shelter house with electricity, hot water and a refrigerator. To reserve the enclosed shelter house please call the City Clerk at 477-2366.

The City is very proud of their park. The Jesse Fell Walkway is a great place to take a walk or ride your bike through the European Larch and Catalpa Trees. The park is beautifully landscaped and also offers a playground, tennis/basketball court, volleyball, soccer and baseball area.

Law EnforcementContact:   
Stewart Vander Stoep, Sheriff
410 South Boone Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-8300


The Lyon County Sheriff's Office provides investigation, protection, and prevention of crime in Lyon County through many means including: SRT - SWAT Team, Narcotics Investigation, Jail Services, Reserve Officer Program, Canine Units, and the 911 Communication Center.

We participate in several organizations working cooperatively including: Northwest Iowa Drug Task Force, Law Enforcement Intelligence Network, and the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center.

Sheriff's Office - (712) 472-8300
Rock Rapids Police - (712) 472-2558
Civil Defense - (712) 472-8330

Little Rock Community School DistrictContact:   
Steve Barber, Superintendent
140 1st Avenue
Little Rock, IA 51243
Phone: (712) 479-2771



Little Rock Free LanceContact:   
Virginia Klaassen
409 Main Street
Little Rock, IA 51243
Phone: (712) 479-2270
Fax: (712) 479-2273

Weekly newspaper serving the Little Rock area.

LVO ManufacturingContact:   
808 North 2nd Avenue East
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-3734


The success of the modern bakery operation depends largely upon the two key areas of Production Efficiency and Time Management. A baker by trade, Lambert Van Olst recognized this need to keep labor costs down and productivity up in the modern bakery. In 1980 he founded LVO and produced his first well constructed, low cost pan washer. Today, LVO offers Pan & Rack Washers, Sheeter/Moulders, Production Tables & Divider/Rounders - products which will make any bakery operation more efficient.

LVO manufactures a wide variety of Food Service and Bakery Equipment including Dividers, Rounders, Sheeters, Moulders, Production Tables and Rack and Pan Washers. Follow the links above to view our complete line of Food Service Industry products and Bakery Equipment.

Lyon County Economic DevelopmentContact:    
Stephen Simons
315 1st Avenue, Suite 209
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-8546
Fax: (712) 472-3993

The Lyon County Economic Development is a resource for providing assistance to business start-ups, expansions and entrepreneurs throughout Lyon County.

Mission: The mission of Lyon County Economic Development (LCED) is to help Lyon County and its communities obtain and more effectively utilize their resources to promote economic growth and enhance the overall quality of life.

Lyon County Economic DevelopmentContact:    
Stephen Simons
315 1st Avenue, Suite 209
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-8546
Fax: (712) 472-3993

The Lyon County Economic Development's mission is to retain and attract business, agriculture and residents to Lyon County. We work to ensure that existing business prospers and new business receives all available advantages. Our programs offer technical and financial assistance. We also work to ensure a great quality of life for our residents.

Lyon County Economic Development offers a comprehensive array of economic development services including site selection, business plan development, expansion and relocation planning, and new business ideas. Lyon County borders both South Dakota and Minnesota and is within 10 miles of Interstate 90.

Lyon County FairContact:   
South 5th Avenue
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-2067


DThe "Best Four Days of Summer" will be during the annual Lyon County Fair in July. Grandstand shows include the Miss Lyon County Fair Queen, tractor pulls, sprint and stock car racing and Figure 8 racing. The fairgrounds are filled with a carnival, commercial exhibits and great food.

The four-day event attracts youth and adults from throughout the county to show off their talent in the 4-H and open class exhibits and 4-H and FFA livestock shows. Members and friends of the Lyon County Historical Society bring history to life with displays and demonstrations of the historic Round Barn during the fair.

There is free admission to the grounds, free parking and free entertainment during the Best Four Days of Summer!

Fair dates for 2012 are July 22-26.

Lyon County FairContact:   
South 5th Avenue
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-2067


The "Best Four Days of Summer" will be during the annual Lyon County Fair in July. Grandstand shows include the Miss Lyon County Fair Queen, tractor pulls, sprint and stock car racing and Figure 8 racing. The fairgrounds are filled with a carnival, commercial exhibits and great food.

The four-day event attracts youth and adults from throughout the county to show off their talent in the 4-H and open class exhibits and 4-H and FFA livestock shows. Members and friends of the Lyon County Historical Society bring history to life with displays and demonstrations of the historic Round Barn during the fair.

There is free admission to the grounds, free parking and free entertainment during the Best Four Days of Summer!

Fair dates for 2012 are July 22-26.

Lyon County Historical SocietyContact:  
Ruth Caswell
P.O. Box 322
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-2962


This group of members from throughout Lyon County work to preserve the county's history and also operate the Museum Complex in Rock Rapids.

Lyon County Historical Society Museum ComplexContact:  
110 1/2 North Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-2962


In the complex visitors will find a former Rock Island Depot, which has been renovated, and a caboose. The Society recently constructed an example of an old-fashioned livery stable area. A victorian home has been completely renovated and furnished with artifacts of the period. Also, one will find a windmill.

The Society has a school house and teacher's house at nearby Lake Pahoja Recreational Area.

Hours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, or by appointment, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Lyon County News, Inc.Contact:   
Cheryl Koerselman
113 East Michigan Avenue
George, IA 51237
Phone: (712) 475-3351
Fax: (712) 475-3353

Weekly newspaper serving the George area.

Lyon County Riverboat FoundationContact:    
301 1st Avenue, Suite 222
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-0111
Fax: (712) 472-0111

The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation is pleased to be a significant part of helping non-profit organizations and local government to complete important projects to make Lyon County, Iowa, a better place to live and work.

The LCRF Board of Directors generally meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Official meeting notices are posted at the Lyon County Courthouse. These meetings are open to the public.

Lyon ManorContact:   
1010 South Union Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-3748


Lyon Manor prides itself on its rehabilitation back-to-home success. Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab Center is a 51-bed skilled nursing facility with 24-hour skilled nursing care. Occupational, physical and speech therapists work with residents who find themselves in need of assistance.

When a resident comes to live at Lyon Manor, it is hoped their involvement in the community will continue. They visit the local Dinner Date, take bus trips to see the countryside and out-of-town trips such as to the mall in Sioux Falls, S.D. There is always coffee available for visitors and great food for meal times.

Lyon Rural Electric CooperativeContact:    
Ross Loomans, General Manager
116 S. Marshall
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-2506


At Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative, we focus on the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to our members in Iowa. And why wouldn’t we – our members are also our owners. We supply electricity to a wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential locations within our community. Yes, it is our community too, and we care about our community and the people in it. Remember electricity is clean, safe, and reliable.

Lyon Sioux Rural WaterContact:  
1007 1st Avenue
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Phone: (712) 472-3755


Lyon Sioux Rural Water System in Rock Rapids, IA is a private company providing water to rural Lyon County and a number of its communities. It was established in 1974 and incorporated in Iowa.