Explore Decorah during COVID-19

Decorah Parks and Recreation is challenging the community to Explore Decorah throughout the month of April.

Explore Decorah is an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy some of Decorah’s trails. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing to win a free individual or family season pool pass for the summer.

Participate in Explore Decorah by

  • Choosing a trail from the list below to explore.
  • Walking the trail and finding a sign on a yellow sheet of paper with the Decorah Park-Rec logo and a word.
  • Writing that word in the blank below that corresponds to the designated number of the trail you just explored (see List of Trails above for trail number).
  • Exploring all trails to complete the sentence below.
  • Sending your completed sentence, name, and a photo of you on a trail to parkrec@decorahia.org or mail to the Decorah Parks and Recreation office at PO Box 513, Decorah, IA. All entries must be received by Thursday, April 30.

(1)______ (4)______ (7)______  (2)______  (5)______  (8)______  (3)______  (6)______

List of Trails

  1. Decorah Community Prairie
  2. River Trail
  3. Twin Springs Trail
  4. Dunning’s Spring
  5. Gateway Prairie
  6. Palisades Park
  7. Carlson Park
  8. Van Peenen Park (in the pines)

Bonus Trails include Pulpit Rock and Phelps Park Trail. These trails include rocky terrain and are more challenging and dangerous than those listed above.

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.

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COVID-19 Update: Decorah Parks Remain Open

DecGuidlines to social distancing while using trailsorah is fortunate to have a number of parks and trails accessible year-round. The natural landscapes, springs, streams, and waterfalls in the Decorah Parks System are still open for your family to explore, along with 15 miles of paved trails and 20 miles of off-road trails. To help maintain and improve one’s mental and physical health, we encourage people to get outdoors and be active as long as you keep the recommended “social distance” of at least six feet from others.

Please note that restrooms are closed in all of the parks, and that we do not sanitize outdoor structures, playgrounds or equipment.  Play safe and be safe by following best practices as set forth on the CDC website.

 

 

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.