Iowa home sales, prices see strongest third quarter in 8 years

McClelland’s Beach residents know this is a hidden paradise. It’s interesting that many Iowa communities are getting a lot of attention from the media. “Our communities have been receiving a lot of national attention from magazines and online media outlets. Iowa truly is a great place to grow!” – IAR President Jon Yocum Get the […]

Home again: US-flag swimsuits, Coors, Cheez-Its and cannonballs off the dock

Up north is Spirit Lake, which tends to be quieter, and more of a place for the locals to boat and fish. It is, however, the state’s largest natural lake and known for some of the best fishing in the area. So it’s worth an angler’s effort to get there. – Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune […]

U.S. builders start houses at fastest pace since 2007 Great Recession

For McClelland’s Beach residents who may be wondering about all the sudden building activity … “More housing starts means more construction jobs as well as confidence from real estate developers that people will be buying. We’ll know the economy is really hitting stride when we see these starts in the range of 1.5 million.” – […]

Beach residents: Yummy largemouth bass lurking under your boat hoist?

Looks like McClelland’s Beach fisherpersons are in for a good weekend based on the DNR’s report! Big Spirit Lake Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of […]

Escape in 35 minutes, get new winery’s exciting gold-medal winner

This looks like a fun, quick trip from McClellands Beach. Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, which celebrated its grand opening just one month ago and has not completed its first full year of commercial wine production, took home a gold medal for its Frontenac Gris and won bronze medals for two other wines in a regional contest […]

Railroad depot museum a treasure trove of Dickinson County history

“We even have the hand-written manuscript for ‘A History of Dickinson County,’ written by R.A. Smith in 1902. That right there is one of the more unique things here — it’s the only copy in the world, obviously.” – Cindy Schubert, museum director It looks plain on the outside, but inside the old railroad depot […]

Younger Margaret McClelland’s story of her brush with the outlaw

Experiences of the younger Margaret McClelland regarding the history of McClelland’s Beach, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 51360 See Margaret’s original, handwritten account. Some early experiences in the county, of Miss Margaret McClelland, now Mrs. S. E. Woolworth I came to Jackson Co. with my parents from Biron, Ogle Co., Illinois, when but five years of age. […]

McClelland’s Beach founder was a hero in 1866

Our beach’s founder, William McClelland, took heroic action in 1866 when he found a woman starving to death, and so weak she could not sit up. Demonstrating the hospitality still present in the community today, William took the woman in, according to an officer quoted in An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota. Many settlers, […]

When at the lake, do as the Great Lakeians (sp?) do

So those of you lucky enough to have a place at McClelland’s Beach, remember, it’s a “cottage”, not a “cabin”. Whether you moved here 60 years ago or yesterday, you’ll enjoy these tips. “Unique to the Iowa Great Lakes is the use of the word “cottage” to describe your dwelling on the lake. “Cabins” can […]

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