Tourism & Activities

Welcome to Lyon County Iowa!

Lyon County a great place to live and work because of its location in the northwest corner of Iowa bordering both South Dakota and Minnesota.  Lyon County is only minutes away from the Iowa Great Lakes, the recreation center of the midwest.

We take an aggressive approach to developing new businesses and assisting existing businesses with a proactive economic development stategy while maintaining a "small town" sense of neighborhood and friendliness.

Our greatest asset is our people - a blend of yound and old, working and living together.  There are 10 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Lyon County, including one National Historic Landmark.

Something for Everyone!

Our communities have an abundance of beautiful parks.  Picnickers, campers, hikers, bikers and children make extensive use of the parks in Lyon County.  For golfers, there are several fine golf coursed located around the county.

Lake Pahoja Recreational Area

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.

Grand Fall Casino Resort

Located in Lyon County is Grand Fall Casino Resort, a $125 million destination resort, opened in June 2011.  The facility features a casino with slot machines, gaming tables and VIP lounge, show lounge/sports bar; 97-room hotel; event center; high-end boutique; spa; three restaurants; indoor-outdoor pools and wellness center. A Rees Jones-designed 18 hole golf course is scheduled to open in 2013.

Blood Run

Located along the Big Sioux River in northwest Lyon County, is a site inhabited by Native Americans between 1300 and 1750s.  As many as 4,000 Oneota may have lived on the prairies during that time.

Gitchie Manituou State Preserve

A natural reserve for hikers located in the northwest corner of Lyon County, features Jasper Pool located in a basin of granite rock outcroppings.  The park has numberous plant growths not found anywhere else in this part of the United States.

Iowa's Great Lakes Region

Less than an hour's drive east of Lyon County is the Iowa Great Lakes region featuring West Okoboji, East Okoboji and Spirit Lakes.  Tourists will find fishing, skiing and boating opportunities as well as the oldest amusement park west of the Mississippi, 10 state parks, resort areas and lots of places to enjoy shopping and dining.