Minnewashta Lake was once known as Middle Gar, but changed in the early 1900's to an Indian moniker known as good or nice. Though small at 126 acres, the average depth is a nice 10 feet and maximum depth of 16 feet. When homes on Minnewashta come up for sale, they do not last long. By no surprise have wee seen lakeshore values grow on Minnewashta and lake owners and vacationers enjoy the quaintness of Minnewashta. It is located between Upper and Lower Gar and has outstanding fishing, and is also a lake where skiers and wakeboarders alike enjoy utilizing to stay away from the high traffic. Minnewashta land values are similar to that of East Lake Okoboji from about $4500 to $7000 per running foot of lakeshore.
The following is from the Iowa Great Lakes Water Safety Council:
This lake is the second is a string of three small lakes located on the south edge of East Okoboji Lake eventually leading to the outlet creek of the Iowa Great Lakes. Minnewashta is 126 acres in size with 2.3 miles of shoreline. The Lake is located in the City of Arnolds Park to the south of Okoboji. Highway 71 runs along its Western edge. Average depth of Minnewashta is 10 feet with the deepest point of 16.5 feet. Most anglers fishing Lake Minnewashta are in search of its bass and panfish populations.
Lake Minnewashta connects Upper Gar Lake at the Sawmill Bridge and connects to Lower Gar Lake at the Trails Bridge.
If you are looking for a place to catch a bunch of fish in a short period of time, the dock in Minnewashta right off of Sawmill Park in Arnolds Park is the place. Fish with a worm or throw a crank bait, you can't go wrong. This spot located in the center of the lakes area allows you to bring your children to play on the nice equipment, or have a family gathering at the recently remodeled shelter. These waters are well known for perch, bluegill, pike, crappie, walleye, yellows, and smallmouth and largemouth bass. With two different places to launch a boat, Minnewashta is a great place for some family fun.
The ice is in and its time to mark some fish! Drag the sled right down the ramp off of Dam Road in Arnolds Park and you are catching fish in minutes. On Minnewashta, no spot is a bad spot. Surrounded by a number of beautiful lake homes, the scene is perfect for drilling some holes and jigging your way to a fresh meal. Gills, perch, crappie and walleye will keep you busy in your fish shack. If have not fished on Lake Minnewashta, now is the time.