DCSO PhotoA six-person cell within the Dickinson County Jail.DCSO PhotoThe Dickinson County Jail is a 24-bed facility that employs four full-time and several part-time jail officers who staff the jail 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Jail is a secure detention facility holding pre-trial detainees as well as male and female sentenced inmates. The Jail receives new bookings directly from the Sheriff's Office as well as these law enforcement agencies:

  • Arnolds Park Police Department
  • Lake Park Police Department
  • Milford Police Department
  • Okoboji Police Department
  • Spirit Lake Police Department
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Letters mailed to inmates must contain the inmate's full name as part of the address. The jail will not accept certain items through the mail. Restricted items include packages, obscene or pornographic materials, personal checks, postage stamps or stamped envelopes, any type of food, or periodicals not directly sent from the publisher. Mail should be addressed in the following manner:

Dickinson County Jail
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360-0214

Telephone Calls

Inmates have daily access to a telephone. Inmates can make collect calls to hard line telephones or purchase calling cards, which makes it possible to call cell phones. Collect call charges will appear on the home telephone bill of the party you called, IF NOT restricted. Calling cards are available for purchase through the jail. Friends and family members may purchase calling cards for an inmate over the internet at www.reliancetelephone.com.

The general public can leave messages for inmates by calling 712-336-6859. DO NOT telephone the jail to leave a message for an inmate unless it is a verifiable emergency.

Inmate telephone services are provided by Reliance. Reliance provides a customer service phone number and can be reached at 800-896-3201.

Inmate Visitation

NOTICE: Effective October 1, 2019, Jail Visitation will be on Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.

The Dickinson County Jail encourages inmates to maintain ties with their families and friends through regular visits. These visits are conducted in the least restrictive manner possible to remain consistent with safety and security concerns, classification requirements, and space availability.

Professional visitation is recognized as a visitor from a legal or medical entity, such as the courts, mental health, or law enforcement. Inmates have the right to confidential visits with the following persons acting in their official capacity during any time of day, seven days a week; attorneys or authorized members of their staff, clergy who are cleared by the jail, mental health professionals who are cleared by jail, personal physicians or psychiatrists, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, or social workers.

Regular visitation is held every Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be on a first come, first served basis and each visit is thirty minutes in length. All visitors must check in at the Sheriff's Office.

All dress must be conservative in nature. None of the following are acceptable:

  • See through clothing (lace, sheer etc.)
  • Low cut shirts, blouses or t-shirts
  • Short or cut off shirts
  • Short splits (skirts, slacks or shirts)
  • Belly or midriff shirts
  • Clothing with vulgarity, profanity or racial slurs.

ALL persons entering the premises are subject to search. Anyone under age 18 must have adult supervision at all times. ALL intoxicated individuals or those appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit and could be subject to arrest. NO food or drinks. NO disruptive behavior. NO cell phones or recording devices of any kind are allowed in the visitation area.

For more information, contact the Jail Administrator.

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