News and Happenings

  • Ice Rink Opens at 1pm Thursday, December 28

    The ice rink and warming house will open for the season at 1pm Thursday, December 28. The ice rink is always open for skating throughout the winter except when the 'Stay Off Ice' sign is posted. The Wayside Warming House is open and staffed throughout the season during the hours specified below. [READ MORE]
  • 2018 Picnic Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

    Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking reservations on Tuesday, January 2, at 8:00 am.  Each shelter reservation within the Decorah Parks System covers a 6-hour time period and costs $10. Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park may be rented for $40/time slot (11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm), or $55 for all day.  [READ MORE]
  • Free New Year’s Eve Bash

    Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting a free New Year's Eve Bash 6:30-10:30pm on Sunday, December 31 in the Luther College Regents Center. This event features fun activities for the whole family including [READ MORE]
  • Family & 5th-8th Grade Open Basketball – Free Activity

    Family Open Basketball & 5th-8th grade Open Basketball are free drop-in activities in the Carrie Lee gym. These activities are held 1-4pm on the weekends no school days... [READ MORE]

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Decorah Parks and Recreation Office
PO Box 513
400 Claiborne Drive (City Hall)
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-4158
Fax: (563) 382-6525
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Click here for a map to the Park-Rec. Office

Park Maintenance Shop
(563) 382-8256

Municipal Swimming Pool
(563) 382-2055

Pulpit Rock Campground
(563) 382-9551 |

Your Gift Will Keep on Giving

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Endowment Fund is a permanent fund with the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, therefore the donated dollars are invested and only interest income from the fund is granted out. Your contribution to this endowment fund will forever help to maintain and enhance Decorah’s parks, trails, recreational facilities, campground, swimming pool and all programs offered through Decorah Parks and Recreation.

To read our news release on the ENDOWMENT FUND, click here:

Special Events Trail Use Registration

All individuals, businesses or non-profit groups must register special events that take place on any portion of the Trout Run Trail. This registration form must be fully completed and filed no later than one month prior to the event date. This allows for Decorah Parks and Recreation and Winneshiek County Conservation to review and approve/deny the request and rule out scheduling conflicts.

To download the REGISTRATION FORM, click here:


A Glimpse at Decorah Park-Rec

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