The Okoboji Blue Water Festival was founded in 2016 as a venue to promote clean water and other natural resources advocacy in the Iowa Great Lakes. The initial event – featuring exhibitors, speakers, fun-filled family activities and a concert – proved to be very successful, whereupon the organizers made the commitment to stage it as an annual event. The festival has grown exponentially each year and is now regarded as the premier water quality event in Iowa.


David Thoreson Images of the 
2022 Blue Water Festival