Winter Trail Information

Trail Etiquette Sign
Please look for these signs on our multi-use trails.

Due to minimal snowfall and warm temperatures trails are no longer being groomed for winter recreation. 

Welcome to the Decorah Parks and Recreation Winter Trail System! All of our trails are multi-use trails. Please watch for signage and use proper winter trail etiquette so that everyone can enjoy their favorite winter activities!

The following trails and park areas are groomed regularly.

  • Van Peenen Park
  • Palisades Park
  • The Decorah Community Prairie
  • Trout Run Trail
  • Ice Cave Road
  • Will Baker Athletic Fields
  • Luther College Prairie & River Loop
  • Luther College Intramural Fields

For best skate skiing conditions we recommend the following areas:

  • Ice Cave Road
  • Will Baker Athletic Fields
  • Trout Run Trail from the Decorah Fish Hatchery traveling west to Middle Calmar Road
  • Luther College Intramural Fields

For information regarding groomed fat bike trails visit the Decorah Mountain Bike Trails Facebook Page.

For best winter walking routes on plowed trails we recommend the following areas:

Map of walking loop2.7 Mile Loop: Start at the Decorah Swimming Pool. Travel north on the sidewalk along College Drive. Take your first left towards Luther College and follow down the hill to the right. Stay on Luther College Dike Road past the fields and tennis courts. Turn right on Riverview Dr and follow to 5th Ave. Take a left on 5th Ave. Follow 5th Ave to College Dr. Take a left on College Dr and follow the sidewalk along College Dr. back to the Decorah Swimming Pool.

 

 

Out & Back Walking Map

9.2 Miles Out & Back: Sidewalks and trails are plowed starting at Vesterheim Museum traveling east along Water St. through downtown and south along Montgomery St. Cross over to east side of Montgomery St. just past Winneshiek Medical Center. Follow trail east towards Walmart, past the Dog Park through Freeport to the end of the trail at Haugen Hummel housing development.

 

 

 

Ice Rink Closed for the Season

The ice rink closed for the season Sunday, February 23. We hope you enjoyed skating and encourage you to continue to explore our parks & trails and the snow melts and everything dries out.

 

Superhero Sunday – February 23

Young boy dressed as superman

 

Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting its third annual Superhero Sunday!

Children are invited to come dressed to impress as their favorite superhero and join us for this open house event Sunday, February 23, from noon to 2:00 pm in the Carrie Lee Gym. Superhero Sunday will feature games, crafts, and an opportunity to meet some of the local heroes who keep our town safe. No pre-registration will be taken for this event, but participants will be asked to sign in when they arrive. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please use the gym entrance just south of the Middle School on Winnebago Street. If wet or snowy please bring a change of shoes.

Decorah Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for Two Seasonal Park Positions

Additional information including the want ad, job descriptions, and employment application can be viewed and downloaded from the City of Decorah website

School’s Out, We’re In – Fri, Feb 14

No school, no problem, your child (ages 5 thru 8) can join us for an entire day of fun!

Friday, February 14 is a no school day. Children registering for this program will meet in the Carrie Lee gym from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. Children will participate in outdoor play, games, crafts, and other choice activities that are sure to keep them busy and entertained on this no school day. Participants should bring a lunch, water bottle, outdoor clothes, and an extra pair of tennis shoes to wear indoors. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. All children should be dropped off between 7:45 am and 8:15 am, and picked up by 3:45 pm. Please enter Carrie Lee through the gym entrance just south of the Middle School on Winnebago Street.

Cost is $20 per participant. Registration and payment can be completed online at https://decorahparkrec.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs. Registration will remain open until Friday, February 7 or until the class limit of 25 participants has been reached.