March Madness Bracket Challenge 2024




This will be an on-going event through the entire March Madness Tournament for both men and women. Each participant is allowed to submit one bracket per tournament, one for men’s and one’s for women for a total of two brackets. You cannot submit two brackets within the same tournament.

Brackets will be submitted through ESPN’s Tournament Challenge no later than Wednesday, March 20th. Use the links and follow the prompts.

Points will be awarded to participants whose teams advance throughout the tournament. Participants with the most points will be eligible to win prizes!



Prairie Burns Scheduled

Prescribed prairie burns will take place on parts of the Decorah Park System this spring. The burns will take place between April 4 and May 10.

Prescribed burns are an effective resource management tool utilized to discourage the growth of weeds and woody vegetation while promoting the growth of desired native vegetation in prairie restoration sites.

Summer Registration Opens May 1st

Summer registration will open on May 1st at 8:00am.

Stay tuned for summer recreational activities and pool information!

Ice Cave Scavenger Hunt

Event Details

Join us in a family-friendly scavenger hunt along Ice Cave Road!

Search for Gnomes and other creatures that may be hiding along the trail.

Participants can start their hunt at the Dunning Springs Parking Lot and head towards Ice Cave. The trail will have riddles and clues for you to solve along the way. Once you have reached Ice Cave, follow the trail back towards Dunning Springs to solve new challenges on the way back!

Submit photos of your adventures to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to show off your hunting skills.

This event will end Monday, April 1st!

Easter Egg Hunt (8yrs and Under)

**Weather and location changes will be emailed out to parents, and will be posted on Facebook**

Join us on Sunday, March 24th, beginning promptly at 3:00 pm, at Will Baker Athletic Fields. Children find plastic eggs filled with candy or prizes and all egg hunters receive participation gifts at the close of the Hunt. The Easter Bunny will also be there so bring your cameras! After you register online, please stop into the Park Rec office to pick up your Easter basket before the 24th!

FEE: $5 per child


Spring Brochure 2024

Registration is NOW OPEN!

You can register for activities by clicking the Online Registration & Activities Info button. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online. If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.

Click Here to see the 2024 Spring Park Rec Brochure with all of our offerings!

Tuesday Morning Open Gyms

A free, drop-in event for families to enjoy!

Join us Tuesdays in Luther College Regent’s Center North Gym, from 11:00am-12:00pm to enjoy open play during the winter weather. *All children must be accompanied by an adult*

Please use the North Entrance by the racquetball courts to enter the building.

Also note that if Decorah Community Schools are cancelled on any of the following dates due to weather, open gym will also be cancelled that day.

Below are the tentative dates, January thru February:
January 9th
January 16th
January 23rd
January 30th
February 6th
February 13th
February 20th
February 27th

March 5th

March 12th

Wayside Ice Rink and Warming House Hours

The ice rink will stay open as long as conditions are favorable, please obey signage while at the rink.

The Wayside Warming House will be open for season starting Wednesday, January 17th.

Times below indicate the Warming House Hours:

Monday – Thursday  3:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday   3:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday   1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday   1:00pm – 7:00pm

Winter Trails & Recreation Information

Updated January 22, 2024 @ 3:45pm

As winter weather approaches, please check back with updates regarding park and trail conditions.
Please be mindful of trail conditions and other trail users

Click here for our new XC Ski and Winter Multi-Use Trails Map

Cross Country Skiing

  • Palisades
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Van Peenan
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Ice Cave Road
    • Groomed as of 01/22/2024
  • Dug Road- 
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
    • East Dug Road to Minowa Heights groomed as of 1/22/2024
  • Community Prairie
    • Groomed as of 01/22/2024
  • Will Baker
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
  • Carlson Park
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Luther College Athletic Fields
    • Rolled as of 01/15/2024
    • Groomed as of 01/15/2024
  • Trout Run Trail
    • As of 1/18/24: **South Section of Trout Run Trail between Fish Hatchery and Minowa Heights has not been groomed due to large drifts**
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
      • Wold Park to Decorah Fish Hatchery
      • Minnowa Heights to Dug Road

Please check back later for more updates on trails and routes.


Decorah Parks & Recreation encourages those snowshoeing to use the multi-use trail in Carlson Park, the Decorah Community Prairie, Ice Cave, Dunning Springs and the trails in Van Peenen. Please be courteous of skiers and stay off the groomed ski trails.

Fat Biking

As of Thursday, January 18th, 2024, the following trails have been groomed:

  • Public Television
  • The Pines
  • Upper and Lower Little Bighorn
  • First Right
  • Gunnar, Fred’s
  • Old Randy’s, Rocky Road
  • The Luge
  • Upper Ice Cave
  • Captains

Please use caution when riding and be courteous of trail conditions if they are soft or if you are sinking.

Plowed Walking Routes

Staff will plow routes for walking throughout the winter season.

  • Route #1: Starting at 5th Ave Bridge, travel south along bike trail to Pulpit Rock Campground. Pulpit Rock Campground will be plowed for pedestrians to walk loops around the campground and can return to 5th Ave bridge via the bike trail.
  • Route #2: Trout Run Trail is plowed from the intersection of Commerce Drive and Montgomery Street to Wellington Place in Freeport. Pedestrians can park in the parking lot by bowstring bridge or in the northwest corner of the Walmart Parking lot.
  • Route #3: Starting at the Dug Road entrance, follow Trout Run Trail to 5th Street Bridge and turn left onto Ice Cave Road. Follow Ice Cave Road to College Drive, turn left and take the sidewalk across College Drive Bridge. From there, the route loops back towards the Dug Road entrance past the Water Department.

Ice Skating Rink

Updated January 25, 2024 @ 12:00pm
Due to very warm January temps and moisture, we will be closing the warming house till further notice. The rink will remain open for people that would like to use in spots still frozen.



The Wayside Ice Rink is set to OPEN on Wednesday, January 17th 2024.

Please continue to obey signage posted until we are officially open for skating!

The ice rink will stay open as long as conditions are favorable, please obey signage while at the rink.

Times below indicate Warming House Hours:

Monday – Thursday  3:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday   3:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday   1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday   1:00pm – 7:00pm