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 8,996 (according to the 2020 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 COURTHOUSE WILL NOW BE HOUSING THE FEDEX BOX INSIDE THE EAST DOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE. THE BOX WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FROM 8A.M.-4:30 P.M. MONDAY-FRIDAY. 

Hours

Courthouse Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Clerk of Court Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Driver’s License- Call 712-852-3844 for an appointment

Courthouse Closed

The Courthouse will be closed the following days in 2024:

  • May 27th
  • July 4th
  • September 2nd
  • November 11th
  • November 28th & 29th
  • December 24th & 25th