Visitors to Decorah can take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities including canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Upper Iowa River that flows directly through town or on the nearby trout streams. Choose any of the 15 canoe access points into the Upper Iowa River to float the route that fits your time schedule. Trout anglers enjoy the accessibility of the Trout Run and the Twin Springs trout streams near Decorah. These streams provide public fishing year-round. Trout Run features five universal fishing access points. The Decorah Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors to feed the trout being reared in the raceways. You can also view the famous Decorah Eagles, who are frequent visitors to the hatchery and nearby streams feasting on trout and small animals.
Visitors also enjoy Trout Run Trail, an 11-mile biking and walking trail that circles the town and provides views of the Upper Iowa River, public art and the city of Decorah. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching or cross country skiing in parks like Ice Cave, Phelps, Palisades and VanPeenen with another 25 miles of trails.
Stoll down Water Street to check out the specialty stores, antique shops and galleries that make Decorah a shopping destination. Tour the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center. Take a rosemaling, woodcarving or foods class, or explore the 30,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings as part of the museum.
Decorah was named one of the "100 Best Small-Town Getaways" by Midwest Living Magazine.