The Palo Alto County Courthouse and Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.


Primary Election, June 2, 2020

Official Results Primary Election June 2, 2020

Election Summary Report Group Detail- Primary 2020

Palo Alto County Prepares & Responds to COVID-19

Palo Alto County is advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. To date, no one in Palo Alto County has tested positive for COVID-19.

Courthouse windows are closed but our staff is working and we are available by phone, fax, email and on-line services.  We have drop boxes located at both entrances of the courthouse.  City Clerks call the Auditor’s Office to file budgets.  Election Candidates also need to call our office to file election papers.

Please call the office that you need to do business with and we will make accommodations.

Palo Alto County Phone Directory

More information and cancellations

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.