2018 Picnic Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking 2018 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. Reservations for Monday thru Thursday must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance; reservations for weekends must be made and paid for by 5 pm the Thursday before the desired weekend.  This is a reservation fee, not a user’s fee.  Shelters not posted with a reserved sign may be used on a first come, first served basis.  Whalen Cabin, located in Phelps Park, may be rented at the following rates:  $40/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $55.  Key must be picked up and rental agreement signed by 5 pm Thursday if a weekend rental, 24 hours in advance if renting Monday thru Thursday.  Fees are non-refundable unless canceled two weekdays in advance.  Scout troops may use the cabin at no cost, however reservations must be made in advance.



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 is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System and features fun activities for the whole family including open indoor swimming, a bouncy house, basketball, football, tennis, racquetball, and pickleball. The New Year’s Eve Bash is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Pizza, Gatorade, water and other food items will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Please contact the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office via email, parkrec@decorahia.org or by phone, (563)382-4158 with any questions.


Family & 5th-8th Grade Open Basketball – Free Activity

Family Open Basketball – a free drop-in activity for 4th grade and under with a parent
This is an opportunity for kids and parents to get out of the house and enjoy some unstructured basketball play time in the gym. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids. Baskets will be lowered to 8 and 9 feet for those that are a bit older. This activity will be in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 11 thru February 17. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for the complete Family Open Basketball schedule.

5th-8th grade Open Basketball– a free drop-in activity
Open basketball play for Decorah 5th thru 8th grade students in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Sundays and “no school” days, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 12 thru February 18. Click here for the complete 5th-8th grade Open Basketball schedule.

Palisades Park Closed to Vehicle Traffic

The road through Palisades Park is closed to vehicle traffic for the season. Pedestrians may continue to visit the park and use its trail system. For more information about Decorah’s park system visit http://parks.decorahia.org/decorah-parks.

Dug Road Closed for Repair

Photo of construction equipment and trail closed sign.


Dug Road is closed to all users.

Repairs have begun on the Dug Road portion of the Trout Run Trail. The Dug Road section of the trail will be closed until work is complete. Thank you for your patience during construction.

3rd grade Sharp Shooters November 18 Time Changed to 12:15pm

Due to a performance in the Carrie Lee auditorium this Saturday, November 18 the time of the 3rd grade girls  and 3rd grade boys basketball sessions must be adjusted. All 3rd graders (boys and girls) should meet in the Carrie Lee gym at 12:15pm Saturday, November 18.  All other grade levels will continue as originally scheduled.

Group of kids dribbling basketballs.

Please note that this is a different time than last week. This is an adjustment that must be made for this one Saturday. We will return to the originally scheduled times next Saturday, November 25. We apologize for the change in schedule and thank you for understanding.

Sharp Shooters Schedule – Saturday, November 18 only

8:30-9:15am – 1st grade boys

9:15-10am – 1st & 2nd grade girls

10:00-10:45am – 2nd grade boys

12:15-1:00pm – 3rd grade girls & boys


Please contact the Park-Rec Office (563-382-4158) with any questions regarding Saturday, November 18.




G2G Christmas Celebration for Adults with Special Needs

Decorah’s Get-2-Gether Committee and Decorah Parks and Recreation are hosting a free Christmas Celebration for adults with specials needs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Elks Lodge in Decorah.  Adults with special needs are invited to join Decorah Parks & Recreation and Luther Women’s Soccer Team volunteers for a morning of games, wooden reindeer making, music, card making, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa.

Sponsors and community donations allow G2G volunteers to offer these events at no cost to participants.  Participants should register for this event by Wednesday, November 29, to allow volunteers to plan accordingly. Registration can be completed online at www.get2g.com or by contacting Decorah’s Parks and Recreation office, (563) 382-4158 or parkrec@decorahia.org.


Winter Activity Registration Begins Nov. 15

Young boy in orange shirt shooting at little tykes basket.


The winter brochure of recreation activities will be released and registration will begin at 8am, Wednesday, November 15. This brochure includes Biddy Basketball (ages 3 thru Kindergarten), after school programs, and a brand new event featuring giant inflatables!


For more information about all of these activities and to register online click here.


Turkey Shoot Results

154 people participated in the 35th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot on Monday, November 6.  This parent-child free throw contest was held in the high school gym.  There were 10 age categories (combined ages of parent and child) and a turkey was awarded to the top scoring team in each category.  Turkeys were provided by Quillin’s and other prizes by Bruening Rock Products, Deco Products, Hovden Oil, Rockweiler Appliance & TV, and T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill.  Turkey and drawing winners should pick up their certificate or prize at the Park-Rec. Office by Thursday, November 9, as the Park-Rec. Office is closed on Friday.

Turkey Winners:  38 & under Megan & Eli Lyon,  39-41 Alex & Bennett Smith, 42-44 Eric & Kaylie Szymanski, 45-47 Mike & Oliver Bollinger, 48-50 Jeff & Gavin Luzum, 51-53 Tadd & Bennett Schutte, 54-56 Sarah & Gavin Groux, 57-59 Kathy & Ryan Oftedahl, 60-62 Mike & Ben Bockman, 63 & up Larry & Elliot Berland

Prize Drawing Winners:  Lynnette & Blake Borsheim, Gregg & Kyle Pattison, Sarah & Will Larson, Bryan & Peyton Webb, Jackson & John Pipho, Dave & Dawson Irons, Lori & Carter Rissman, Troy & Hawkins Anderson, Amanda & Payge Webb, Mark & Michael Bean, Samantha & Parker Friederick, Cindy & Garrett See, Nora & Keith Lesmeister, Dawn Watson & Carter Bateman, Ayers & Melissa Awad, Brian & Grady Huinker




Turkey Shoot is November 6

A free activity . . .  just show up!   In this fun family event, a parent and child team up, combine their ages to determine their competition bracket, and each shoot 10 free throws in an attempt to win a certificate for a free turkey.   In addition, all teams are eligible for a prize drawing.  The “shoot” will be held in the DHS Main Gym on Monday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Winning teams will be posted on the Park-Rec. website and Facebook on Wednesday, November 8.  This free event is sponsored by Quillin’s Food Center, Bruening Rock Products, Deco Products, Hovden Oil, Rockweiler Appliance & TV, and T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill.