Spraying at Carlson Park- 7/17

Wednesday, July 17

The Decorah Parks crew will be spaying at Carlson Park. Areas include the main trail on the South end, by the cemetery.

Zumba in the Park

Join us in Phelps Park for a free, drop in Zumba Series!

Class will meet at Phelps Shelter #1 from 8:00am – 8:45am on the following dates:

        Saturday July 27

        Saturday August 10

*Serenity Fitness is your rain/weather location*


Come wearing comfortable shoes, clothes and also bring a water bottle.

No registration required, just show up and get ready to move!

**Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult**

Decorah’s Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden volunteers, along with guest speaker MJ Hatfield, are searching for insects over the garden’s Mountain Mint- check it out on your next visit!

G2G Summer Celebration

Decorah’s Get-2-Gether Committee and Decorah Parks and Recreation are hosting a free Summer Celebration for adults with special needs from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45p.m, Friday, August 16th at Whalen Cabin near Phelps Park.

Adults with special needs are invited for an evening of music, games, Mabes Pizza and Culver’s Custard. Volunteers will be provided by the Luther College Soccer Teams.


Sponsors and community donations allow G2G volunteers to offer these events at no cost to participants.


Participants should register for this event by 5:00pm Wednesday, August 14, to allow volunteers to plan accordingly. Registration can be completed online at www.get2g.com or by contacting the Decorah’s Parks and Recreation office, (563) 382-4158 or parkrec@decorahia.org.

Luther College Ropes Course Challenge 2024

Decorah Parks and Recreation is partnering with Luther College to offer a fun, yet challenging, opportunity on the Ropes Course located on Luther College Campus August 14, 15, & 16th.

The two-hour challenge course programs provided by Luther offers a comprehensive adventure experience in a safe and dynamic learning atmosphere. Through active involvement in this program, groups and individuals work together through challenges that promote and complement dynamics of healthy lifestyles. Learning that is frequently associated with challenge course programming includes active participation and reflection on issues associated with diversity, leadership, team building, communication, problem solving, socialization, cooperation, self confidence, integrity, fitness, and recreational enjoyment.

*Anyone participating age 7-10 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult*

Luther College staff will work with groups to provide a comprehensive experience designed to be fun, active, and reflective. All staff facilitating groups are certified practitioners ensuring a safe, well-run program meeting Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) industry standards. Luther College requires a signed waiver/liability form that must be completed and turned in the day of the event. Participation will not be allowed without a completed form.

The course is located next to the soccer field just east of Lindeman Pond, the challenge course is a short walking distance from the Regents Center parking lot. All groups will meet at the scheduled time on the challenge course site. Challenge Course rain-date will be based on course availability.

Registration is available starting Monday July 29th.   Registration deadline is Wednesday August 13th at 11:59pm.


There are three days available with limited spots, 20/session.

August 14th    10:00am- 12:00pm   $10/per participant

August 15th    10:00am- 12:00pm    $10/per participant

August 16th   10:00am- 12:00pm    $10/per participant

G2G at the Winneshiek County Fair- July 12

Decorah’s Get-2-Gether (G2G) Committee and Decorah Parks and Recreation invite adults with special needs to the Winneshiek County Fair Friday, July 12 for music by Joe Nichols!

Participants should meet at the new “deck” area on the South side of the Community Building at 5:00pm. A number of designated parking spots will be available for G2G participants just outside the new community building.

Joe Nichols

Participants who are interested will receive ride tickets for the midway, and at 6:30pm the gates open and G2G participants will have a designated spot on the track to enjoy the concert that begins at 7:30pm!

Participants must register by Friday, July 12th at 12:00pm (noon). Registration can be completed online or by calling the Decorah parks & Recreation Office (563-382-4158). This is a free event, but registration is required for planning purposes.

Trail Closure

The outer trail of the Decorah Community Prairie will be CLOSED until further notice.

Due to high water levels, the shoreline has diminished significantly and is deemed unsafe. The inner loop of the Prairie will remain open and can be used until an alternative route is developed.

Thank you!

Fair Fun Run – July 13

The Fair Fun Run will be held Saturday, July 13. This family friendly event includes a 3/4 mile kids race for children ages 12 and under, and a 3-mle race for older children and adults. Each participant is eligible for a drawing prize distributed during the awards ceremony (must be present to win).  Refreshments are provided.  Awards are given to 1st-3rd place in each age division.

Registration can be completed online or by returning a paper registration form to the Park-Rec Office. Entry fee is $12 with a t-shirt and $6 without a t-shirt. Registration is still available for the No Shirt option.

Late registration will be taken 7:00-7:30am at the intersection of E Water St. and Sumner St the day of the event . The 3/4 mile run starts at 8:00 am; 3 mile at 8:30 from the fairgrounds.  The awards ceremony will be held in the Fontanelle Shelter near the Cattleman’s Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds after the last participant finishes (approximately 9:30 am)

This event is made possible with the support of the Winneshiek County Fair Board and these sponsors: Collins Aerospace, Dental Associates of Decorah, Deco Products Company, The Getup, Gundersen Health System, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, and Viking State Bank

Trail and Park Updates

As we continue to work on the trails, please check on updates daily until everything is re-opened!

The following trails will remain CLOSED for maintenance:

River Trail

Twin Springs Trail

Decorah Community Prairie (Outer Loop along the shoreline)


Please be cautious of the wet conditions in and around our parks. Do not park or drive on any grassy areas and obey signage in the parks, thank you!

Fourth of July Information

Thursday, July 4th

Decorah Parks and Recreation office will be CLOSED

Decorah Swimming Pool will be OPEN 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Pulpit Rock Campground will have normal operating hours

Trail Events:

Pulpit to Pulpit 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk