A rarity in rural Iowa, Decorah combines small town living—including plenty of open spaces—with the rich cultural life of a much larger town. We are a regional center with excellent health care, a wonderful college, and lots of public land to explore.
Decorah Chamber of Commerce
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for over 90 years. In that time, business has evolved and changed in ways the founders could not have imagined. Business owners need a partner in their business; someone to provide information, answers and protection. The DACC is here to ensure that our Northeast Iowa business community remains vital, relevant and productive now and into the future regardless of the changes that take place in the business world.
Northeast Iowa is the home of some great music, including our very own Contratopia (a contra dance band), Footnotes (Scandinavian music), and Maritiza (music from the Balkans, and Eastern Europe.) In addition to these home-grown bands, musicians often travel to town to play before appreciative audiences.
This area is also home to many visual artists. Regionally known artists tours in April (Bluff Country) and October (Northeast Iowa Studio Arts Tour) bring many art lovers to NE Iowa to see high quality ceramics, painting, weaving, basketry, iron work, and wood carving, all done by local artists who open their studios for these events.
Luther College offers a wide range of activities, including a yearly Center Stage Series that brings nationally known talent—music and dance—to the area. The College offers a full spectrum of athletic events, an excellent library, several lecture series, and faculty and student music recitals.
For those who like the outdoors, the Driftless Bioregion (our area) offers the most public land available in Iowa. Winneshiek and Allamakee counties are known for great trout fishing, while hiking and biking are popular in the city parks and trails of Decorah as well as in county and state parks. Our area provides outstanding hunting as well, and canoeing between towering bluffs on the Upper Iowa River can’t be beat.
Trout Run Trail
The 11-mile loop around Decorah has now been completed. The last piece of the trail was the bridge over Highway 9, which not only has been completed, but includes special LED lighting which is lit with different colors, depending on the time of year.
Northeast Iowa (especially Winneshiek County) are known to have some of the most pristine streams in the entire state, perhaps the upper Midwest. These streams provide excellent fishing opportunities for fly fisherman. Other bodies of water, including the Upper Iowa River (the fastest moving river in Iowa), as well as the man-made 33 acre Lake Meyer (15 mi SW of Decorah) are other popular stops for fishing. Currently there are 148 different varieties of fish in Iowa. North and South Bear creeks (located north of Decorah) are considered by both the Department of Natural Resources AND fishermen alike, to be THE best fishing in Iowa. Come see for yourself.