ABOUT THE SPIRIT LAKE PROTECTIVE
The precise date of the founding
of the Spirit Lake Protective association is unknown; however according to
archived news reports, the SLPA was a major player in the purchase of twelve
acres of land for the Mini Wakan park in 1933. The Association filed restated
articles of incorporation in Dickinson County, Iowa, on July 2, 1959. Over the
years, the organization has carried on activities consistent with its mission.
Currently, the association has 340 members and 13 committees dedicated to
specific projects. Over the past few years, the Spirit Lake Protective
Association has been responsible for several projects aimed at the preservation
and improvement of Big Spirit and the surrounding areas. Some of these
- Contributing financial
support to the Quality Water Testing program carried out by the Iowa
- Organizing volunteers for
The Annual Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup to keep the lakeshore clean and attractive
to residents and visitors.
- Contributing funds obtained
by volunteers to inspect boats and trailers coming into the Iowa Great Lakes
in an effort to control invasive species such as Zebra Mussels and Eurasian
Watermilfoil for the Lakes Water Safety Council.
- Contracting barge operators
for removal of the 50 safety buoys in the fall for the Department of Natural
- Providing a representative
to the Clean Water Alliance to help develop strategies for the promotion of
policies that improve water quality.
- Contributing $10,000
to assist the City of Orleans to construct a storm water system in the
southeast corner of Spirit Lake.
- Contributing $22,500 over a
three-year period to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to purchase 3,500
feet of lakeshore around Angler's Bay to protect the bulrushes and fish
spawning area and to preserve the quality of the lake.
- Providing financial
assistance to complete a recreational trail around Big Spirit Lake.
- Organizing and providing for
the new barge for the Annual July 4th Fireworks over Big Spirit Lake.
- Mailing newsletters to all
residents on the lake, featuring SLPA activities and environment-related
- The Association supports and
belongs to several different area organizations that are concerned with
environmental and tourist issues such as low-impact development and
environmental education issues..
- Organizing the Big Spirit
Jamboree in 2007 to raise funds for the SLPA activities.
- Organizing the
highly-successful Opry At The Sami Center for Performing Arts in January
2009 to raise funds for the restoration of the
Mini Wakan State Park.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Please join us in helping to
protect one of our regionís most valuable and beloved assets: Big Spirit Lake.
Your contribution is critical in maintaining the projects and programs listed
above. The Spirit Lake Protective Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization and your donation is tax deductible.
here to download
our membership form!