Explore Elkader-a Great American Main Street Community

Recreation

Recreational opportunities abound in the Elkader area. See the links at the left of this page for more information.

Whitewater Play Area

The whitewater feature caters to water trail users who enjoy kayaking, boogie boarding, tubing and fishing. It has three distinct features: the Gobbler Wave, High-Flow Wave Structure Boulder Island and the Fish/Canoe Passage.
Visit the Elkader Whitewater Park website
See the live whitewater webcam
See the whitewater photo gallery

Archery

One of the best 3-D ranges in Iowa is located at the Osborne Conservation Park, on Hwy. 13, 5 miles south of Elkader. The range is open to the public from mid-May to October 1st and is the site of two annual tournaments held in June and August. For more information visit the Clayton County Archers website.

Bowling

C J Lanes is a six lane bowling alley located at 821 High St. NE, Elkader. Call (563)245-2460.

Camping/Picnicking

Come with your tent or camper to the Elkader City Park and Campground, 563-245-2098. Enjoy picnic areas, shelters, tennis courts, a public swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, an exercise trail and a nearby hiking trail. RV camping is also available at Deer Run Resort, (563)245-3337. Several other county and state parks in the area provide picnic areas, camping and restroom facilities.

Canoeing/Tubing/Kayaking

Elkader's whitewater feature caters to water trail users who enjoy kayaking, boogie boarding, tubing and fishing. It has three distinct features: the Gobbler Wave, High-Flow Wave Structure Boulder Island and the Fish/Canoe Passage.
Visit the Elkader Whitewater Park website

Canoeing the Turkey River is a popular pastime for tourists and residents alike. Put in north of Elkader at Frieden Park or the Big Springs Trout Hatchery for a pleasant seven mile float to the roller dam in Elkader or launch your canoe in Elkader below the dam and float to Motor Mill (six miles) or Garber (eighteen miles). Camp sites are available at Frieden Park, the Trout Hatchery and Motor Mill. Contact Turkey River Rentals (a local outfitter) at (563)245-3802 for help in planning your trip.
Canoeing/Kayaking the Turkey River report on Paddling.net

Cross Country Skiing

Groomed trails are available at the Osborne Conservation Park/Nature Center and nearby state parks.

Disc Golf Course

The nine-hole course is located in Elkader City Park near the pool and campground. See our Calendar for upcoming tournaments.

Fishing

Smallmouth bass, catfish, redhorse, carp, sheepshead, northern pike and walleye and sauger can be taken from the Turkey River in downtown Elkader. Participate in Elkader's annual Redhorse Fisheree sponsored by the Elkader Lion's Club in May. The trout angler will find Clayton County's trout streams fun and challenging. Trout can also be taken from the Turkey River near the outlet of the Big Springs Trout Hatchery north of Elkader. Other fishing opportunities can be found in the nearby Volga, Yellow, Upper Iowa and Mississippi Rivers. Visit the Iowa DNR web site for more information about fishing and fishing regulations.
Iowa DNR Fishing Report
Download How to Fish Elkader's Turkey River (216 KB PDF) - Iowa DNR publication by Brian Button, Gary Siegwarth and Greg Simmons.

Elkader Golf and Country Club
Golfing

Elkader Golf & Country Club
24361 Gunder Rd.
(563)245-2230
This well groomed, nine-hole course stretches across a lovely valley at the edge of Elkader. The unique club house, created from a remodeled barn, has a large banquet room/dance floor on the upper story. Open to the public. www.elkadergolf.com


Hiking/Walking Trails

River Walks
& Trails
Brochure

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Walking is a favorite form of exercise for Elkader residents. Many rise at dawn to begin their day with a brisk walk. We invite you to join us in a pleasant stroll on our Riverwalk or a hike or bike ride on the Pony Hollow Trail. Nature trails and exercise trails are available at the Osborne Conservation Park/Nature Center. Nearby state parks offer extensive hiking trails.

Horseback Riding

The Whistlin' Bit Saddle Club sponsors an open annual ride the second Sunday in October as well as other member rides throughout the year. The club welcomes all riders to join them. More horseback riding opportunities can be found on the equestrian trails in nearby Backbone State Park and in the Volga River Recreation Area.

Hunting

Public hunting areas can be located in Backbone State Park and the Volga River Recreation Area. Information on other state designated public hunting areas and state hunting regulations are posted on the Iowa DNR web site.

Swimming

The Elkader City Pool located in the City Park is a beautiful facility which offers lap swimming, water aerobics and concessions. A sandy beach swimming area is available at Backbone State Park.

Tennis/Volleyball

Two public tennis courts and volleyball courts are located in the City Park.

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