Recreation Program Update

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is suspending all in person youth recreation programs until after the start of the school year. We hope to begin offering regular programs later in the season. More information will be released after Labor Day.

Spring soccer was suspended in April and the decision has now been made to cancel that program. All registered participants should have received an email Monday, August 5. Participants will receive a credit to their account for the cost of that program. Please call the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office at 563-382-4158 with any questions.


Free Saturday Yoga in the Park

Decorah Parks and Recreation is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park Saturdays, July 25-August 29, 10-11am in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel. No need to register, just show up!

A complete list of dates and instructors is included below.

July 25: Libby Abbas with Reefuel

August 1: Olivia Schnur

August 8: Odette Bruneau

August 15: Molly Gallagher with Yoga Room

August 22: Mikah Jaschke with Root to Rise Community Yoga

August 29: Laura Ollendick with The Healing Shack & Reefuel

Upon arrival participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and confirm that they;

  1. Do not have a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, or any other COVID-19 like symptoms now or in the past 48 hours.
  2. Have not had close contact (within 6 feet for equal or greater than a 10-minute period of time or living in your household) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical provider in the past 14 days.
  3. Have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical provider in the past 14 days.
  4. Have not been told by a medical provider or public health official within the last 14 days to self-quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure or been suspected of having COVID-19.

Participants are asked to socially distance while participating in Yoga in the Park.

What’s that Park Project?

Question Mark & What's that Park Project


Decorah Parks and Recreation has added a new web page to their website to keep community members and visitors up to date with the many projects our park staff, stone masons, and volunteers have been working on this summer. We hope this website is informational and provides you with valuable information while visiting and exploring the Decorah Park System.


Visiting Dunning’s Spring Park & Ice Cave

Dunning’s Spring Park and Ice Cave have been extremely busy this season. Visitors should park in the gravel lot near the river on the south side of Ice Cave Road. If the parking lot is full visitors may park along Ice Cave Road. Please be respectful of private property.

Dunning’s Spring Waterfall: From the gravel parking lot it is about a 200 yard walk along the paved drive to Dunning’s Spring Waterfall. Please note, there is not parking at the waterfall. The paved drive is open to drop off traffic for those with mobility concerns.

Ice Cave: From the gravel parking lot it is about a ½ mile walk east on Ice Cave Road to the cave. Ice Cave is open to the public with no fee for admission. The cave narrows significantly after the first 10 yards. For more information about the geology of Ice Cave, click here.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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 limit 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.

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 Registration will remain open until Friday, February 7 or until the class limit of 25 participants has been reached.