ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — Boat tourism on Northwestern Iowa’s Lake Okoboji has increased, due in part to flooding on the Missouri River. Boating is prohibited on parts of the swollen river.
“I personally know probably a half dozen and I’ve heard other people talk about people that are staying for the summer,” Tom Kuhlman, executive vice president of the Iowa Great Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, told television station KTIV.
Tim Marlow of Extreme Water Sports told the reporter that the first two weeks have been strong for the business, especially compared to the same period last year.
“I have a number of businesses that have indicated that they’re having a record summer. That’s a good sign,” Kuhlman said to KTIV.
To see the full report, go to: Missouri River boat ban pushes tourism in the Great Lakes