The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for overseeing nearly 664 acres of land which encompasses 23 parks and recreational areas, a municipal pool and campground, 20 miles of off-road trails, and segments of the 11 mile paved Trout Run Trail.  Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers host dozens of community events each year and provide safe recreational opportunities for children year round.  In partnership with the community, Decorah Parks and Recreation takes great pride in enriching the lives of others through quality parks and programs that people of all ages, abilities and income levels have the chance to participate in.

Information on All Parks & Recreation Areas
Decorah Parks are open from 7 am to 11 pm

Simple Guide to Decorah Parks, Trails, and Points of Interest
Parks & Recreation Areas,  Amenities, and Points of Interest
Trail Maps
Park Shelters & Whalen Cabin Reservations
Weddings in the Parks
What's That Park Project?

 

picture of 3 people biking at Van PeenenBarbara Barnhart Van Peenen Memorial Park

Park Size: 120 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  fresh water spring, 8 acres tall prairie grass, trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing (this is a natural wildlife area which is not developed for picnicking and camping)

Carl Selland Wayside Park.  

Park Size: 2.5 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, restrooms, picnic tables, outdoor basketball courts, ice skating rink, butterfly garden, bench.

Carlson Park

Park Size: 110 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  trails for mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing

Carlson Park is our newest park and a 110-acre gift to the Decorah Parks System from the Rick and David Carlson Families. Public access to the park is located on Pleasant Avenue heading south towards the Fish Hatchery, and adjacent to St. Benedict Cemetery.   The Park-Rec. Dept. is in the process of developing a master plan for this new park.

The Decorah Parks & Recreation Board hired Jeffery L. Bruce and Company to gather public input and create a potential master plan of amenities for Carlson Park that could serve as a guide for current and future planning. Click to view the completed Master Plan.

Community Prairie & Butterfly Garden

Park Size: 105 acres

Decorah Community Prairie & Butterfly Garden Website

click here for brochure and map

click here for information on our Adopt-A-Plant Program

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, picnic table, bench, butterfly garden, trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

Dog Park fenced in areasDecorah Dog Park

Park Size: 2 acres

click here for rules and other information:  Decorah Dog Park Brochure

Amenities & Points of Interest:  two fenced in areas, one marked for small dogs and one for larger dogs; picnic shelter and table.  The road between the park and the cornfield is a private drive, so there is no parking allowed next to the Dog Park. Wal-Mart has agreed to allow parking in their lot for anyone using the Dog Park.

 

spring fed waterfall

Dunning's Spring Park and Ice Cave Hill

Park Size: 115 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic table, cookout grill, bonfire grill, bench, scenic overlook, waterfall and stream, stone arch bridge, hiking trails, ice cave, historical information sign

Please note that Ice Cave Road is closed indefinitely to vehicles and thru traffic.  Dunning's Spring Park and Ice Cave are accessible from the west end of Ice Cave Road. Visitors should park in the gravel lot on the south side of the road. If the parking lot is full visitors may park along Ice Cave Road. Please be respectful of private property around the park.

The Dunning's Spring Waterfall is a 200 yard walk from the gravel parking lot. Head north on paved drive across the road from the parking lot. Please note there is not parking at the waterfall.   Ice Cave is a 1/2 mile walk from the gravel parking lot. Head east on Ice Cave Road.  Ice Cave is open to the public with no fee for admission.

Mary Christopher Park

Park Size: 1/2 acre

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, picnic tables, bench, drinking fountain, restrooms, playground equipment

Children on playground equipment at Miller ParkMiller Park

Park Size: 6 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  playground equipment, picnic shelter, picnic tables, cookout grill, bench, drinking fountain, playground diamond

Nordheim Park

Park Size: 1.5 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:   playground equipment, picnic shelter, picnic tables, cookout grill, bench, drinking fountain, playground diamond

Palisades Park

Park Size: 105 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic tables, cookout grills, bench, scenic overlooks, trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing

Picture of Phelps Park upper playground equipmentPhelps Park

Park Size: 56 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  eight picnic shelters and Whalen Cabin,  three playground areas, restrooms, picnic tables, cookout grills, ground grills, benches, hiking trails, playground diamond, sand volleyball court, drinking fountains, bandshell, scenic overlooks, Schulze Brick Kiln, Larsen Fountain, historical information signs

Pulpit Rock CampgroundPulpit Rock Campground 

Park Size: 23 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:   camping sites, shower/restroom facilities, dump station, water station, drinking fountains, benches, ground grills, picnic tables, picnic grills, playground equipment, outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball court, canoe landing, fishing stream, Trout Run Trail access

Picture of Swimming Pool park playground equipmentSwimming Pool Park

Park Size: 6 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest: Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool including water slide,  toddler slide, grass beach and drinking fountain; playground equipment, picnic tables, benches, historical information sign

Twin Springs Park

Park Size: 48 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  benches, picnic tables, ground grills, stocked trout stream, children's fishing pond, trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing

Water Street Park

This urban park is adjacent to Oneota Food Co-op (312 West Water Street).

Amenities & Points of Interest:   bandshell, tables, benches, and water fountain

new playground equipment at VennehjemVennehjem Park

Park Size: 2 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, picnic tables, picnic grill, playground equipment

Tall rock in the forefront with prairie and bluffs in the background. Will Baker Park, Canoe Landing, Athletic Fields

Park Size: 31 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, picnic tables, ground grill, hiking trail, Pulpit Rock scenic overlook, bench, canoe landing along the Upper Iowa River, athletic fields, Trout Run Trail access, sledding hill

Picture of Wold Park Skate RampsWold Park

Park Size: 3 acres

Amenities & Points of Interest:  picnic shelter, picnic tables, cookout grills, playground equipment, bench, Trout Run Trail access and parking, skateboard park

Map of Decorah Parks & Points of Interest