Directions to Lakeside Lab

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Traveling by Car:

The easiest way to get to Lakeside is by car. A car is also useful, but not essential, in order to get around locally, because the Laboratory is located some miles from restaurants, theaters, bars, etc.

Directions from Omaha (approx. 200 miles)

  • Interstate 29 North to Sioux City
  • Highway 75 North to Le Mars
  • Highway 60 North to Sheldon
  • Highway 18 East to Spencer
  • Highway 71 North to Milford
  • Highway 86 West

From Des Moines (approx. 200 miles)

  • Interstate 35 North to Highway 20
  • Highway 20 West to Fort Dodge
  • Highway 169 North to Algona
  • Highway 18 West to Spencer
  • Highway 71 North to Milford
  • Highway 86 West

From Sioux Falls (approx. 90 miles)

  • Interstate 90 East to Lakefield, MN
  • Highway 86 South into Iowa
  • From Minneapolis (approx. 175 miles)
  • Interstate 35 South to Interstate 90
  • Interstate 90 West to Lakefield, MN
  • Highway 86 South into Iowa

As you get close on Highway 86, look for the silver water tower on the opposite (west) side of the road from the Laboratory. Lakeside's northern entrance, adjacent to the Facilities Manager's house, is normally open. When you arrive please check in at the Laboratory Office, just south of the house. There is plenty of free parking.

Traveling by Bus/Plane:

Public transportation is very limited in Northwest Iowa. The closest commercial airport is Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD). (Please do not confuse this with the Sioux City, Iowa airport (SUX), which is farther from Lakeside Lab.)

The day before each summer session begins, and the day after it ends, Lakeside provides a shuttle from and to FSD. Because of the distance between the airport and the Lab, we normally make one trip per day, timed around the last arrival and first departure. The cost is $50 each way. To help us in coordinating this service, please contact lakesidelab@uiowa.edu with your airline, flight number, and time of arrival or departure before you book your flight.