DescriptionNamed for the chief who helped settlers during the Black Hawk War, Decorah is on the banks of the Upper Iowa River. Attracted by the river's waterpower, Norwegian pioneers settled the region. Today, the surrounding limestone bluffs beckon campers, and the nearby streams lure canoeists and trout fishermen. (Canoe rentals are available.) The 11-mile paved, multi-use Trout Run Trail loops around Decorah, while a 200-foot waterfall marks Dunning's Spring Park as a scenic hiking or bicycling choice that's just out of downtown.
The Victorian Porter House Museum, 401 W. Broadway, is furnished in period and features works by naturalist Bert Porter as well as butterfly and mineral collections; phone (563) 382-8465.
An affinity for the natural world extends to one Decorah-based nonprofit as well. Seed Savers Exchange, North America's largest non-governmental seed bank, has been collecting and sharing heirloom seeds with farmers and gardeners since 1975; phone (563) 382-5990.
Visitor InfoWinneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau 507 W. Water St. DECORAH, IA 52101. Phone:(563)382-2023 or (800)463-4692
Things to SeeDecorah Fish Hatchery
WINERIESWinneshiek Wildberry Winery