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Great Lake Spine Trail - Lake Okoboji Bridge


Close-up of the former swing (now fixed) main span

Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2009


BH Photo #147008


Street View 


Deck plate girder bridge over Strait between East and West Lake Oboji on formerly a railroad line between Spirit Lake and Milford, now a bike trail in Okoboji
Okoboji, Dickinson County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
Built 1884 as a swing bridge, swing span became fixed span ca. 1920, became part of the bike trail network in 1995 linking Milford and Spirit Lake
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Combination timber trestle and cantilever deck plate girder span (main span)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.37612, -95.12642   (decimal degrees)
43°22'34" N, 95°07'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/327737/4804779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43458 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,438)
Built 1884 (175)
Built during 1880s (1,962)
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (1,014)
Continuous (2,446)
Deck girder (5,667)
Dickinson County, Iowa (24)
Footbridge (422)
Girder (10,052)
Have street view (26,539)
Iowa (6,394)
Movable (2,928)
Okoboji, Iowa (4)
Open to pedestrians (4,115)
Owned by city (5,276)
Plate girder (7,778)
Rail-to-trail (1,496)
Railroad (15,290)
Swing (1,422)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date based on petition from October 1884 complaining about the lack of a bridge tender; Removed "Pedestrian Movable Bridges" category as the bridge hasn't been moveable since 1920
  • May 1, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • October 4, 2009: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke