Welcome to the Palo Alto County website!

Palo Alto County is located in the northwest region of the state of Iowa. The county has a total area of 569 square miles that contain a variety of lakes including Five Island Lake, Lost Island Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake. Communities include Ayrshire, Curlew, Cylinder, Emmetsburg, Graettinger, Mallard, Rodman, Ruthven and West Bend.

The population of Palo Alto County is 9,421 (according to the 2010 census). County business is done at the county seat in Emmetsburg. Most offices are located at the historic 1880s courthouse located downtown near the business district.

 The Palo Alto County Treasurer’s Office will be closed Thursday October 12th for DOT Training in Des Moines.

Palo Alto County State Audit Report for FY15/16 is now available under the “County Information” tab.

What Iowa’s Election Integrity Law Means for Voters FAQ….click link below.

Integrity Law FAQ for Voters