Logs without pictures being posted within a reasonable time will be deleted !!!!!
You may transport yourself to this location by car or bike or boat. Park on the east side of the road just south of the bridge (N43 22.510 W95 07.590) and use the pedestrian underpass to get to the public beach on West Okoboji. Or park on the west side of the road farther south next to the beach (N43 22.440 W95 07.557) These are shown along the right edge of the picture.
The docks in the area are private, but the one on the left side of the picture (N43 22.412 W95 07.593) belongs to the restaurant, the Drydock Lounge, on which the camera is mounted; you can dock there to grab a bite to eat. One table on the outdoor patio is visible at the bottom of the picture. The beach directly in front of the camera is also private. You can barely be seen from the public beach beyond.
You need an assistant do the capture on the computer. The web site is here.
UPDATE JUNE 1, 2013: There are now two cameras --- choose either one from the above linked web page.
UPDATE MAY 25, 2014: In reviewing the webcam (Okoboji West) setup, I see that they've rearranged the links and cameras on Smiths Bay at the start of this season. The camera at the original physical position (the posted coordinates) has a new link http://www.exploreokoboji.com/webcam/. The original link now points to 2 cameras 800 to 1000 feet to the west; one of those cameras apparently points to the U-shaped dock in front of the Emporium --- that is a public dock. The camera at the posted coordinates currently pans very, very slowly. In the meantime, I'll accept captures from either of the 2 positions.
UPDATE JUNE 23, 2015: The link has change again ---NEW LINK. --- This now points to ONE camera that pans VERY SLOWLY, so you may have to wait a minute or two for it to point in your direction. Sorry for the extra complication, but this camera is entirely out of my control. Hopefully, it will remain active in some capacity so that we can keep this webcam cache going.
To receive credit, you must POSITIVELY IDENTIFY YOURSELF in the captured picture which you post. The example shows me on the beach in shorts, red T-shirt, and yellow hat.
The timestamp on the picture is often not accurate. The picture 'freezes' during the night and sometimes during the day.