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Vacation rentals in Clear Lake

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Cottage in Clear Lake
Charming 3 bedroom lake home - on site parking
Looking for a lake getaway with all the amenities of home? Our 3 bedroom newly renovated home offers a great location for a relaxing retreat any time of the year! Comfortably sleeps 6 - 1st bedroom is on the main level with king bed, walk-in closet and full bathroom. Also on the main level you have a 1/2 bath with washer and dryer. Second level has 2 bedrooms with queen beds and a 3/4 bath. Small fenced in backyard. **May accept 1 behaved dog on a case-by-case basis-**Contact host b4 booking
$128 per night
Barn in Clear Lake
Moose Haus Lodge
This barn refinished into a rustic cabin will give you the feeling that you are in the middle of the woods while having the convenience of being in town. Located just minutes from downtown Clear Lake, the historic Surf Ballroom, and City Beach, this is the perfect get-away spot! A large upper loft makes this a great option for families with kids or a peaceful adult retreat. Pets are family... so we are pet friendly, but do add a $25 dollar pet fee (per pet) for the duration of your stay.
$150 per night
Guesthouse in Clear Lake
Baker's Corner
Baker's Corner is a historic farm 2 miles from downtown Clear Lake and the beach. The acreage sits amidst Iowa farmland but is only minutes from the tourist attractions of Clear Lake and the amenities of Mason City. This quiet, cozy, country home is good for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. We'll welcome you with a loaf of homemade bread and seasonal jam.
$134 per night

Stay near Clear Lake's top sights

Surf Ballroom & Museum25 locals recommend
The Other Place18 locals recommend
City Park6 locals recommend
Cabin Coffee Co20 locals recommend
Central Gardens of North Iowa7 locals recommend
7 Stars Family Restaurant5 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Clear Lake

Home in Clear Lake
Great location-walk everywhere!
$127 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
A darling cottage close to downtown/city beach.
$150 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Swordfish Suite ~Mimi's Retreat
$124 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
The Wren House: Close to Lake, No Cleaning Fee
$100 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Island Park Loft South House- Sleeps 6 - 2 blocks from PM Park
$175 per night
Apartment in Clear Lake
Lake Time Loft
$140 per night
Cottage in Clear Lake
Cozy Cottage w Large Yard - 5 Min Walk to Downtown
$192 per night
Loft in Clear Lake
North Shore Loft, close to town and the Surf!
$135 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Papa's Place By The Lake - CL
$137 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Garden view with 2 E-Bikes included
$150 per night
Home in Clear Lake
Sweet Serenity at Clear Lake
$230 per night
Home in Fertile
Memento Vvere
$109 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Clear Lake

Total rentals

140 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

50 properties have a dedicated workspace

Pet-friendly rentals

20 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

110 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

4.4K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$50 before taxes and fees

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.

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.

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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