Perched on the banks of a 3200-acre lake, Storm Lake is one of Iowa’s richest, most diverse communities. With a population of about 10,600 and serving as the county seat for Buena Vista County, Storm Lake is a small city with big sophistication.
Its friendly residents support an inviting community that is a center for business and a favorite of travelers. Storm Lake is a year-round destination with a fascinating history dating back to the days of the early settlers who began arriving in large numbers upon completion of the railroad there in 1870. At that time, Storm Lake was officially laid out on the north shore of the lake. Much of that early history is preserved in the fascinating Buena Vista Historical Society Museum with displays including the Pioneer Main Street along which is an authentic 1870s log house.
Storm Lake is home to one of the Midwest’s most thriving arts communities as well as Buena Vista University, a Tyson Foods meat-packing plant and a Sara Lee turkey-processing plant. MetaBank’s headquarters are located here, and other multinational businesses dot the landscape. Visitors flock to Storm Lake for year-round festivals and events that include the annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” on the 4th of July, the newly developed “LakeFest” scheduled later in July, and the always well-attended Labor Day Weekend Celebration. Whatever brings you to the shores of Storm Lake, you’ll find it’s hard to leave this wonderful community!