Iowa Highway 7

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Iowa Highway 7

Iowa 7 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length73.661 mi[1] (118.546 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1969[2]–present
Major junctions
West end Iowa 3 near Aurelia
Major intersections US 71 at Storm Lake
East end US 169 at Fort Dodge
CountryUnited States
Highway system
US 6 Iowa 8

Iowa Highway 7 is a state highway that runs from east to west across the northwestern portion of Iowa. Highway 7 is a fair sized highway in Iowa, at 74 miles (119 kilometers) long. The western terminus of Iowa Highway 7 is at Iowa Highway 3 north of Aurelia. The eastern terminus of Iowa 7 is at U.S. Highway 169 near Fort Dodge.

Route description

Iowa Highway 7 begins north of Aurelia at Iowa Highway 3. It goes south through Aurelia, then turns southeast to go through Alta. It continues southeast to Storm Lake, where it intersects Iowa Highway 110. After passing through Storm Lake, it intersects U.S. Highway 71 and goes south with U.S. 71 for 2 miles (3.2 km). Iowa 7 then turns east, passing through Newell and Fonda, before turning south again at an intersection with Iowa Highway 4. Iowa 7 and Iowa 4 go south through Pomeroy, before Iowa 7 turns east again. After passing through Manson, it continues east and ends at U.S. Highway 169 in northwestern Fort Dodge.


This is the fourth state highway to be designated Iowa Highway 7. The first Iowa Highway 7 existed from 1919 to 1939 and was replaced by U.S. Route 32 in eastern Iowa and Iowa Highway 64 in western Iowa. The second Iowa Highway 7, a short spur from Iowa Highway 99 to Oakville existed from 1955 to 1957. The third Iowa Highway 7 existed from 1957 to 1969 when Iowa Highway 29 was redesignated.[2]

The current Iowa Highway 7 route was designated in 1969. The eastern end was truncated in 1990 when U.S. Highway 20 was moved to a new freeway alignment south of Fort Dodge. Iowa Highway 7's former terminus was at U.S. 20, at what is now the corner of Kenyon Road and South 8th Street.

Major intersections

CherokeeAfton Township0.0000.000 Iowa 3 – Cherokee, Marcus, Pocahontas
Buena VistaStorm Lake14.24722.928
Iowa 110 south – Schaller

US 71 Bus. north (Lake Avenue)
Western end of US 71 Business overlap

US 71 north / US 71 Bus. ends – Spencer
Eastern end of US 71 Business; western end of US 71 overlap
township line
US 71 south – Lake View
Eastern end of US 71 overlap
township line
Iowa 4 north – Pocahontas
Western end of Iowa 4 overlap
township line
Iowa 4 south – Rockwell City
Eastern end of Iowa 4 overlap
WebsterFort Dodge73.661118.546 US 169 – Fort Dodge, Humboldt
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b 2010 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa (PDF) (Report). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hancock, Jason (30 August 2009). "Iowa Highways: 1 to 9". The Iowa Highways Page. Retrieved 8 November 2007.