Lake side house rentals in Clear Lake

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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.

$150 per night
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Vacation/House Rental w/Lake access

Venetian Canal in Clear Lake. Spacious and fully furnished with everything you need for your vacation on the lake. NEW Trex deck (20x29) and lighted STAIRS to walkout to dock. 2-stall garage with large front yard that has LOTS of off street parking space! NO PETS-NO SMOKING. To access the lake wake board racks and Bimini tops must be lowered to fit under bridge.

$236 per night
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Great location-walk everywhere!

The property is a cozy remodeled 1920’s farmhouse. It has all of the amenities of home and is blocks from Clear Lake, downtown Clear Lake and The Surf Ballroom. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It is ideal for adults and children over 7 and the home features a blend of midcentury modern and modern furnishings. It has fireplaces in the living room and in the master bedroom. The downstairs bathroom boasts a triangular soaking tub/shower combo and the upstairs master bathroom has a shower.

$209 per night

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Stay near Clear Lake's top sights

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Surf Ballroom & Museum13 locals recommend
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Clear Lake State Park3 locals recommend
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The Other Place6 locals recommend
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City Park3 locals recommend
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7 Stars Family Restaurant4 locals recommend
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Central Gardens of North Iowa4 locals recommend

Clear Lake house rentals

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Cozy lakefront 3BD/3BR house w/ breathtaking views
$286 per night
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Charming craftsman with lake view and large yard
$257 per night
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Cute cabin located in perfect location near lake!
$114 per night
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The Half Pint Lake House - serenity near the lake!
$179 per night
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NEW! Bright Clear Lake Getaway, 4 Blocks to Dtwn!
$193 per night
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Island Park Loft South House- Sleeps 6 - 2 blocks from PM Park
$350 per night
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Clearlake R&R
$189 per night
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Downtown Main Street Clear Lake House
$300 per night
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Relaxing South Shore Cabin on Lake
$279 per night
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Relaxing North Shore Lake Front Home
$343 per night
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Downtown Lake Cottage - Built in 1900!
$179 per night
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Under The Lilac Tree
$299 per night

Lake cabins in Clear Lake

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Cornerstone Cabin with lakeview
$181 per night
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Lake Front Retreat
$435 per night
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Cheerful 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath plus loft in Clear Lake!
$155 per night

Lake side cottage rentals in Clear Lake

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Swan Dive! Historic Cottage from 1900s!
$189 per night
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New Cottage built in 2019! Steps to Surf and Lake!
$257 per night
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The Southside Catch
$227 per night
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Cozy Cottage w Large Yard - 5 Min Walk to Downtown
$153 per night
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Charming 3 bedroom lake home with on site parking
$216 per night
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Brand New Cottage, Even Better Views!
$216 per night
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"Sunfish" with lake views! 165ft to City Beach!
$180 per night
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NEW Luxury 5-Bed Lakefront, 52-ft Private Beach
$829 per night
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Island Park Loft "North"- 2 Blocks from PM Park
$189 per night
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Charming Cottage on North Shore GREAT LOCATION
$180 per night
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The Surf District Cottage
$300 per night
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A cozy inviting home close to downtown/city beach.
$130 per night

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.


How do I get around Clear Lake?

Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is 119 miles south and about a two-hour drive from Clear Lake. Alternatively, Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) is 128 miles north, or about a two-hour drive away. There is a bus from Des Moines to Clear Lake that takes about 2.5 hours and service from Minneapolis that takes about two hours. However, the most convenient way to get here is by car. Once in Clear Lake, driving is the easiest form of transport on dry land. Out on the water, renting a boat, jet ski, stand up paddleboard, or kayak are all fun options. You can also hire scooters, bicycles or a Surrey, a four-wheel bike that can accommodate two, four, or six riders.


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.