Carter Lake Real Estate and Information

Carter Lake Real Estate and Information

Carter Lake, Iowa is a 2 square mile city with 4,000 residents. It is the only city in Iowa on the western side of the Missouri River and is centralized around a u-shaped lake for which the city gets its name. Carter Lake was legally considered part of Council Bluffs in the 1870s but the community seceded from it in the 1920s and Carter Lake was incorporated as its own city in 1930.

Shopping and Dining
Sgt Peffers serves up tasty Italian cuisine featuring awarding winning pizza and soups and is located just off E Locust Street. It is also minutes from the three area casinos and many dining opportunities that are located only minutes away in Council Bluffs and Omaha.

Parks and Recreation

Carter Lake has several, small city parks: Watson Park, Mabrey Park, Rosenbaugh Park and Ortiz Park. It also offers Hamilton Sports Complex which caters to a variety of athletics. Shoreline Golf Course is a popular and scenic lakeside course that is lined with mature cottonwoods.


The city of Carter Lake strives to create a family-friendly environment with tight-knit connections and community involvement. Most homes in the area are ranches and 2-story style dwellings. Being near to the lake brings many outdoor opportunities and adventures.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Carter Lake is part of the Council Bluffs Community School District and offers Carter Lake Elementary within the city limits. The entire school district serves around 10,000 youth and operates the following: 14 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. For more information on the Council Bluffs Community School District, visit their website: