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Storm Lake, Iowa

Fun places to explore, natural beauty, a safe community. Storm Lake, Iowa, is all of this and more! Not only is this a great place to learn, it’s the perfect place for self-discovery. Start here and go confidently wherever your path leads.

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The Lake

The fourth largest glacial lake in Iowa, Storm Lake covers 3,097 acres and is well-known for walleye fishing. The shores of the lake are the perfect place to study!


Parks and Trails

The lake is surrounded by six beaches, nine parks (three of them located directly next to campus!) and miles and miles of trails for walking and cycling.

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A Safe Iowa City

The National Council for Home Safety and Security named Storm Lake the 13th safest city in Iowa on its most recent list, based on safety and crime statistics.

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Diverse and Vibrant

Storm Lake is thriving, with residents from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. We are a community that is welcoming to everyone... including you!

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Check out all that Storm Lake has to offer! Storm Lake Guide

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Things to Do

Storm Lake is the perfect college town! Check out King's Pointe, an amazingly fun indoor/outdoor waterpark, three golf courses (and miniature golf!) within a five-minute drive, and a multiplex movie theatre. Plus, you’ll find forty-nine specialty shops located within walking distance of campus, mixed with the convenience of several national chains. You'll love exploring our community!

Kings Pointe waterpark and lake from above

Places to Eat

Storm Lake offers more than 30 dining options within a five-minute drive of campus! Whether you’re hoping to satisfy a late-night burrito craving at an authentic restaurant, or dig into a delicious burger, our town has it all.

We asked BVU students where they like to go to eat in Storm Lake... and here are just a few of the places they told us about!

La Juanita

With an affordable menu, late-night snacks, and daily specials, La Juanita is a student favorite! The restaurant serves burritos, tacos, fajitas, chimichangas, quesadillas, and so much more—earning its reputation for authentic and delicious Mexican food.

Storm Lake Bakery

The Storm Lake Bakery is known for many delicious baked goodies—especially donut holes, which were named to Travel Iowa's 2021 list of "Iowa's Best Donuts!" Other popular items include rolls, cookies, muffins, bread, and a variety of other treats.

Smokin’ Hereford BBQ

With free peanuts, screens on every wall to catch the game, and amazing smoked meats, Smokin’ Hereford has become a favorite among BVU students. The restaurant's notable menu includes the Hereford Burger, named Iowa's Best Burger by beef experts.

Lakeside Living: BVU students have their very own house right on the shores of Storm Lake. Outdoor Rec House

Beaver-Owned Businesses

The city is full of BVU alumni and friends who want to help you make a difference! Our students take advantage of internships, careers, and local service opportunities offered by Beavers in our community.

BozWellz Pub & Eaterie
Quest Wealth Management (Ameriprise Financial)
Family Dental Center
Foot & Ankle Clinics
Lake Animal Hospital
Redenbaugh Chiropractic
Vision Care Associates
Stille, Pierce & Pertzborn
A. Bowles Investment Group

Central Bank
L&G Products
Mangold Environmental Testing Lab (MET)
Mr. Dan Connell, Attorney
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Prairie Fabrication
Redenbaugh & Mohr Law Offices
Roth Law Office

Storm City Auto Parts
Talk To Me Technologies, LLC
Thompson & Associates, Inc.
Trusted Energy
Cherry Corner Agency
Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Assoc
Coffee Tree
Hamilton Law Firm, PC
Harper Moon Photography
The Daily Apple

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