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Bright Clear Lake Getaway, 4 Blocks to Downtown!
Boat, dine and shop to your heart’s content at this unique Iowa vacation rental. Boasting easy access to City Park and Central Gardens of North Iowa less than a mile away, this 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is the perfect place for an action-packed escape with your loved ones. When you’re not spending your days exploring all of Clear Lake’s best attractions, kick back on the patio for a freshly grilled meal. With its charming interior and private yard, this sun-soaked haven is a must-stay!
$130 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Island Park Loft South House- Sleeps 6 - 2 blocks from PM Park
1200 sq ft 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft. Ground level includes 1000 sq 30x40 garage with 2nd Level living area. Open living room & kitchen floor plan with master bedroom and own private master bath with walk in closet. The 2nd bedroom has 2 full beds. Additional, sleeping area with a hide-a-bed in the living room. Enjoy sunsets on the 2nd level deck. All appliances provided including washer/dryer. Just walking distance from the public boat ramp and PM park/Tiki Bar.
$175 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Under The Lilac Tree
This quaint home is nearly 100 years old and has been fully renovated! It is ideally situated on North Shore Dr., less than a block from the lake and walking distance to all the best Clear Lake attractions including Clear Lake City Beach, Surf Ballroom, City Park, and Downtown Clear Lake.
$158 per night

Stay near Clear Lake's top sights

Photo of Surf Ballroom & Museum
Surf Ballroom & Museum25 locals recommend
Photo of The Other Place
The Other Place18 locals recommend
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7 Stars Family Restaurant5 locals recommend
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City Park6 locals recommend
Photo of Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park14 locals recommend
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Central Gardens of North Iowa7 locals recommend

Clear Lake vacation rentals

Rental unit in Clear Lake
Peaceful getaway, close to the Beach & Downtown
$73 per night
Loft in Clear Lake
North Shore Loft, close to town and the Surf!
$125 per night
Condo in Clear Lake
Charming lake view condo with balcony & pool.
$85 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
The Wren House- Close to beach and PM Park
$100 per night
Rental unit in Clear Lake
Water View, 4 blks to Public Beach & downtown!
$75 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
Charming 3 bedroom lake home - on site parking
$128 per night
Condo in Clear Lake
Lake Condo, Right On The Water!
$159 per night
Rental unit in Clear Lake
Water View Chic Retro Place
$75 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
$155 per night
Rental unit in Clear Lake
Sunset Bay Stay - Lake Front Property!!
$178 per night
Condo in Clear Lake
Waterfront Condominium- Best View!
$187 per night
Cabin in Clear Lake
Lake Front Retreat
$138 per night

Your guide to Clear Lake

All About Clear Lake

Nestled midway between the twin cities of Des Moines and Minneapolis, this small town in Northern Iowa is situated on a natural spring-fed lake, attracting visitors to its restaurants, shops, marina, two state parks, and history. Clear Lake became famous in the 1950s when a legendary rock and roll singer who used to play at the concert hall in Clear Lake died in a tragic plane crash nearby. Fans still come from around the world to pay tribute, especially on the anniversary of the crash, when the Surf holds a Winter Dance Party in honor of the late artist.

Clear Lake State Park offers a range of outdoor activities on one of Iowa’s most popular lakes. Its natural spring-fed 3,000-acre lake is a draw for boating, fishing, swimming, and windsurfing. The park also features 50 acres of open spaces for hiking, towering mature oak trees, abundant wildlife, and a 900-foot sandy beach area, which is popular with families.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Clear Lake?

The best time to visit your Clear Lake, Iowa, rental is between mid-June and early September. Summers in Clear Lake are pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. The weekly event Thursdays on Main features live entertainment, classic cars, children’s rides, a street market, and outdoor movies. The winters tend to be cold, snowy, and windy, with average temperatures in the 30s. The main events in the winter are the Christmas by the Lake festival in December and Color the Wind, a kite festival in February. Springtime in Clear Lake is on the cool side, but there are a number of events to get involved in. There are Earth Day five and six-mile running races and a community clean up in April, as well as the Clear Lake Triathlon in May. In the fall, the Harvest Festival in October includes a farmers’ market, homemade salsa contest, grape stomp competition, wine samplings, food trucks, and live music.

What are the top things to do in Clear Lake?

The Surf Ballroom

This concert hall, where music greats once played, is now a National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1934 and designed to resemble an ocean beach club, it has been restored to include palm trees, ocean murals, wooden booths painted with fish and bubbles, and walls covered with stenciled pineapples. Big-band orchestras play on Sundays and classic rock acts perform throughout the week.

Central Gardens of North Iowa

Nestled in the heart of Clear Lake, Central Gardens of North Iowa offers nearly three acres of over 20 themed gardens. There are more than 22,000 flowers, a butterfly garden, wildflower garden, children’s garden, wetland, meadow, and woodland gardens to explore. Free to the public, the Gardens host free concerts, events, and educational programs each year.

Stockman House

Located about a 20-minute drive from Clear Lake, the Stockman House is an excellent example of the work of a prominent mid-century architect. Built in 1908, the house was an iteration of the famous Fireproof House in a compact Foursquare design with an entrance foyer and a sun porch on opposite sides. The house has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991 and is open to the public.

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