Silver Lake

A view of Silver Lake from the city park.A view of Silver Lake from the city park.Lake Park is located around the south and east sides of Silver Lake. The lake is 1,041 acres in size with 9.6 miles of shoreline. Silver Lake has an average depth of 6.5 feet with a maximum depth of 9.8 feet. There are three hard-surfaced boat ramps around the lake for boaters to use. One is on the west end off of 110th Avenue; another is on the south side just off of Highway 9 along Country Club Drive. The third is on the east side of the lake just north of the dam. There are no motor restrictions on Silver Lake.

Fishing in Silver Lake is a year-round activity for many. Fish commonly caught in the lake include black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, white bass, white crappie, yellow bullhead and yellow perch.

Quick Facts about Silver Lake

  • Size: 1,041 acres (1.6 square miles)
  • Maximum Depth: 9.8 feet
  • Average Depth: 6.5 feet
  • Volume: 6,939 acre-feet (2,261,083,066 gallons)
  • Shoreline: 9.6 miles
  • Access: 3 boat ramps
  • Motor Restrictions: None

For more information on Silver Lake, including a fishing report and a history of fish stocking, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's website.

Contour map of Silver Lake courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.Contour map of Silver Lake courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Aeration System

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an aeration system on Silver Lake to create open water to reduce the likelihood of a fish kill during harsh winter conditions. The aeration system, when operable, creates areas of thin ice surrounding the aerator which is located on the east side of Silver Lake near the City Park. Use extreme caution when near the aeration system.