Spirit Lake Protective Association Working to Rehabilitate Structure
Posted by CC on October 4th, 2008 2:17 pm
The Okoboji Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Spirit Lake Protective Association for restoration of the historic Mini-Wakan shelterhouse on the north shore of Big Spirit Lake. This was the first large grant awarded as part of fundraising efforts for the restoration. Although the Iowa DNR will partially fund the work, additional support is still needed. The Spirit Lake Protective Association is working closely with the DNR and the State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa to retain the historic integrity of the structure. Originally built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the building is the only shelterhouse on Big Spirit Lake and the second of its size in the Iowa Great Lakes. Plans include a kitchen, restrooms, windows, doors, and a new roof.