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.

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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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Decorah Parks & Recreation: COVID-19 Activities from a Distance

Below are some fun activities to do at home with your kids! We will update these activities regularly.

Thursday, April 2

Activities for kids: Play outside, sidewalk chalk chutes & ladders, build a rain guage

Wednesday, April 1 – National Walking Day

Find some time to take a walk and explore Decorah.

Trail surrounded by pine trees

Tuesday, March 31

Activities for kids: Color scavenger hunt, nature walk & outdoor art

Monday, March 30

3 photos of parks & trails in Decorah

Join us in our Explore Decorah adventure for your chance to win an individual or family season pool pass for the summer. For more information click here.

Friday, March 27

Decorate your sidewalk, driveway, etc. with chalk, and brighten someone’s day.

Chalk the Walk

Thursday, March 26

Challenging youth to build a park model

Wednesday, March 25

List of activities for kids

Tuesday, March 24

Photo of trees and trail

Monday, March 23

List of possible outdoor activities for kids

Friday, March 20 

March 20 is National Flour Day, list of ideas to do with kids related to that day

Thursday, March 19

3:15pm: Join us live on our Facebook page and dance along with Laurie Walter and Crave Dance Studio!

Slide of ideas to do on a rainy day


Wednesday, March 18

Photo with list of ideas of activities for children to do at home.


Register for Summer Programs & Activities beginning May 1

Decorah Parks & Recreation provides many opportunities for swim lessons, recreation programs, baseball and softball leagues, and special events. More information will be released and registration for all programs and activities will begin at 8am Friday, May 1.

Information can be found and registration can be completed online or in the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office.

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.

Ice Rink Closed for the Season

The ice rink closed for the season Sunday, February 23. We hope you enjoyed skating and encourage you to continue to explore our parks & trails and the snow melts and everything dries out.


Superhero Sunday – February 23

Young boy dressed as superman


Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting its third annual Superhero Sunday!

Children are invited to come dressed to impress as their favorite superhero and join us for this open house event Sunday, February 23, from noon to 2:00 pm in the Carrie Lee Gym. Superhero Sunday will feature games, crafts, and an opportunity to meet some of the local heroes who keep our town safe. No pre-registration will be taken for this event, but participants will be asked to sign in when they arrive. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please use the gym entrance just south of the Middle School on Winnebago Street. If wet or snowy please bring a change of shoes.