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
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
For best winter walking routes on plowed trails we recommend the following areas:
2.7 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.
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.
The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this workshop Saturday, February 22, 10am-12pm in the Decorah High School Gym. Local casting instructors will discuss equipment, demonstrate basic casts, and work with participants on their fly casting skills. Participants can watch experts and learn how to tie their favorite flies. This workshop is to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free, open house event, no registration required, just show up!
This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 8, but was postponed to Saturday, February 22 due to Decorah High School being selected to host district wrestling Saturday, February 8.
The ice rink opened for the season Friday, January 17. The ice rink is located at Carl Selland Wayside Park, which can be found at the intersection of 5th avenue and College Drive in Decorah.
The ice rink is always open for skating unless signs are posted otherwise. Warming house hours are listed below. Stay updated with rink conditions by visiting the Decorah Parks & Recreation Facebook page.
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
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.