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Hidden haven Hideway
Remodeled cozy two bedroom home. One block away from lake , walking distance to park and public swimming, one block from surf ballroom, enjoy this little haven nestled in a quiet neighborhood.
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Location! 1 block to the lake & 3 to the beach
Enjoy your stay in your home away from home located just 1 block off the lake and 3 blocks away from the heart of charming downtown Clear Lake. Whether you're here to play on the lake, unwind on the beach, enjoy a concert at the Surf Ballroom, or explore the shops, cafes, and restaurants, the location of our newly remodeled 19th century cottage on N. Shore Dr. is the perfect location for you to do it. What are you waiting for? Your vacation home awaits!
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⭐️Central Area! City 🏖 & 🏄 Ballroom 2-3 block walk!
Unwind at this newly renovated late 19th century home that has been in our family for nearly a century. It was lovingly rebuilt with a beautifully open floor plan that creates a luxurious yet charming feel. Whether you’re enjoying lake views or outdoor energy, you’ll leave relaxed & energized. The central location on N. Shore Dr., a block off the lake, allows for a 2-3 block walk to City Beach & Park, the Surf Ballroom, or to the best cafés, shops, & restaurants. Your perfect vacation awaits!!

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Stay near Clear Lake's top sights

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Surf Ballroom & Museum17 locals recommend
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The Other Place8 locals recommend
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Clear Lake State Park5 locals recommend
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7 Stars Family Restaurant5 locals recommend
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City Park4 locals recommend
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Central Gardens of North Iowa5 locals recommend

Lake side cabin rentals in Clear Lake

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Lake Front Retreat
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Cheerful 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath plus loft in Clear Lake!
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Cornerstone Cabin with lakeview
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Entire cabin · Clarion
Cozy, sunset view cabin on Lake Cornelia!
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Entire cabin · Hampton
Relaxing cabin on Beed’s Lake.

Lake side cottage rentals in Clear Lake

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Cozy Cottage w Large Yard - 5 Min Walk to Downtown
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Completely remodeled home with lake views!
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Charming 3 bedroom lake home - on site parking
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The Southside Catch
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NORTH BEACH Swordfish Suite- STEPS to THE SURF!
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Swan Dive! Historic Cottage from 1900s!
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A darling cottage close to downtown/city beach.
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New Cottage built in 2019! Steps to Surf and Lake!
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Anchors Away Cottage is a GREAT Downtown Location
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Charming Cottage on North Shore GREAT LOCATION
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"Sunfish" with lake views! 165ft to City Beach!
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NEW Luxury 5-Bed Lakefront, 52-ft Walkout Beach

Clear Lake house rentals

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Great Location! Close to City Beach & Downtown CL!
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Lake View on Lakeview
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Cute cabin located in perfect location near lake!
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Fool's Paradise
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Island Park Loft South House- Sleeps 6 - 2 blocks from PM Park
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Clearlake R&R
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NEW! Bright Clear Lake Getaway, 4 Blocks to Dtwn!
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Relaxing South Shore Cabin on Lake
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Private room · Mason City
Basement room for rent 5.15.21 vaccinations plz.
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Private room · Clear Lake
The Craven Cottage Too
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Private room · Ventura
dp hideaway
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Charming craftsman with lake view and large yard

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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