Emmetsburg Iowa - Home of five Island Lake

Glad to have you visit us!

top_100_logo.pngEmmetsburg is an active community located in the northwest corner of Iowa. It’s a wonderful place to live and a great place to visit! In 2007 and in 2009, Emmetsburg was listed as one of the Top 100 Places to Live by Relocate-America website!  Now the world knows what citizens of Emmetsburg have always known!

We take pride in our relaxed atmosphere and family oriented lifestyle, making life a bit simpler. We are a small town (pop. 3,800) with a big heart. It is small enough so you can know your neighbors, but large enough to offer almost everything you want. Located at the intersection of Highways 4 & 18 in Palo Alto County, it provides easy access to neighboring cities.

Emmetsburg is well-known for its excellent school system and athletic teams.Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg Campus, offers tremendous opportunities through its varied programs to area students of all ages. The Smith Wellness Center attracts people from around the area with its excellent facilities and programming.

Five Island Lake is the center of recreational activities year round. The environment is great for businesses. Wild Rose Casino and Resort opened in 2006. Poet Biorefining opened in 2004, and is proceeding with their expansion venture, Project Liberty, the $200 million transformation funded by Poet, along with an $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Many activities are offered for citizens, such as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts,new wrestling facility, parks, boating, skiing, and fishing, numerous organized activities for youth and adults through the City Recreation Program and the Wellness Center Program.

Emmetsburg also offers a multitude of medical services. An expanded hospital, medical clinic, and related facilities support the medical needs of the community. Skilled care for the elderly and handicapped is provided. Emmetsburg has an active Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Board. There is a healthy environment for new business and housing opportunities.

Those who are interested in moving to Emmetsburg will find it a warm and welcoming community.

Come visit us again…we think you’ll want to stay!



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