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Carter Lake, Iowa
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Location of Carter Lake, Iowa

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Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Pottawattamie
 • Total 2.02 sq mi (5.23 km2)
 • Land 1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,785
 • Estimate (2012) 3,765
 • Density 2,024.1/sq mi (781.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51510
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-11215
GNIS feature ID 0455192
Website City Website

Carter Lake is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States and a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska and sits surrounding the south and west sides of the region's major airport, Eppley Airfield. The population was 3,785 at the 2010 census.


Carter Lake is the only city in Iowa located west of the Missouri River. This is due to a flood that occurred in March 1877, which redirected the course of the river 1.25 mi (2 km) to the southeast. The remnants of the old river course, called Saratoga Bend, became an oxbow lake, Carter Lake, for which the town is named today.

Soon after the formation of the lake, the site became a flourishing recreational area. It included, "a boathouse at the foot of Locust street, hotels and club houses were numerous and the lake was the scene of many a pleasant rowing and fishing party.".

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