Pulpit Rock Campground is Open

Decorah Parks and Recreation (DPR) continues to look at ways to protect the health of visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The following is a list of regulations created to help ensure the safety and well-being of campers and staff.  Regulations will be updated as needed.

  • Playgrounds and shelters are closed.
  • Registration and payment over the phone is preferred, however the window of the registration booth will be open to handle firewood and ice sales transactions, and registration as needed.
  • Some of the sites at the campground will be closed to help maintain safe distancing.
  • It is asked that all campers and staff wear masks when consulting or conducting business with one another.
  • Parks and trails are open in the Decorah Parks System; however, park patrons should keep a physical distance of at least six feet from other visitors and avoid areas where points of interest will likely congregate people. Using precautions set forth by the CDC is required; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
  • Decorah Parks and Recreation highly recommends practicing physical distancing so that parks and campgrounds remain open for recreational opportunities.
  • Campers should assume personal responsibility and not allow visitors to their campsite or campfires. Campsites should only be shared by members of the same household.
  • Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Staff will monitor the situation daily and will make changes as needed.

 

Decorah Trail Bingo

sign post in woods

Participate in Trail Bingo for your chance to win Chamber Dollars that can be used at local area businesses! This new challenge merges bingo with exploring Decorah’s trails, parks, and scenic overlooks.

Trail Bingo is free and open to families and individuals of all ages. Click here for a complete list of instructions and to access your Trail Bingo card.

Please obey social distancing guidelines and please note this program may be terminated if policies about park and trail usage change due to COVID-19.

Best of luck and enjoy the outdoors!

 

 

 

 

Pulpit Rock Campground Offers Advance Reservations beginning March 2

Pulpit Rock Campground began taking advance reservations for the 2020 camping season Monday, March 2. Advance reservations can be made by calling 563-382-9551 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. If your call is not answered please leave a message. All messages will be returned in the order they are received. Please note that not all sits are available for advance reservation. Non-reserved sites will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about Pulpit Rock Campground including 2020 camping rates please click here.

 

Spring Program Registration

Decorah Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for the spring programs listed below.

Soccer (ages 3 thru 7th grade)

Active in the Outdoors (grades Kindergarten thru 2nd)

Easter Egg Hunt (ages 8 & under)

School’s Out, We’re In (ages 5 thru 8)

Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship (ages 7 thru 14)

Taekwondo (ages 4 & up)

Softball Leagues (adult men’s & coed slowpitch)

Registration can be completed online  or in the Park-Rec Office. For additional information please call the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office at 563-382-4158.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Free New Year’s Eve Bash

Join us for this fun, free, family friendly open house event in the 6:30-10:30pm Tuesday, December 31 in the Luther College Regents Center. The New Year’s Eve Bash will include open swimming, tennis, racquetball, basketball, pickleball, a bouncy house, and many other games and activities for all ages. Pizza, Gatorade, water and other snacks will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System.

Please enter the Luther College Regents Center using the circle drive entrance on the west side of the building. No registration required, just show up.

Open Basketball

Decorah Parks and Recreation hosts open basketball play for kids of all ages in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter east doors off of Winnebago Street) on Sundays, November 10 thru February 16 (excluding January 12), from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. All children in 4th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids, lowered hoops for those that are a little bit older, and regular 10 foot hoops for those in 4th grade and above. Special open gym will also be available on no school days for kids in 5th thru 8th grade. A complete schedule is posted in the gym and online. This is a free, drop in activity. No need to register, just show up.

 

Biddy Basketball Deadline is December 20

Participants in the two Biddy BB leagues (Pee Wee 3-4 yrs and Kinder 5-6 yrs) will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and enjoy actual team competition.  Teams are grouped according to age and game rules are modified to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels.  Small baskets, balls and fun teaching techniques are used with special emphasis on sportsmanship.   Each Saturday consists of a skills session followed by a game.  This program meets in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, January 18 thru February 8. PARENTS:  Two volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Park-Rec. staff will also assist with this program.  If you are willing to coach, please include your name and shirt size when registering your child.  REGISTRATION FEE:  $20 (includes shirt). Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office.  Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.