Visitor’s Guide

Elkader is located on Highways 56 and 13 in a beautiful valley aside the Turkey River in Clayton County. Approaching Elkader from any direction is a scenic drive. Vistas of wooded hills, rich Iowa farmland, river valleys and bluffs abound in Iowa's Little Switzerland region.

Whether you are passing through, day tripping or planning overnight stays, you will find engaging sightseeing, shopping, dining, recreational and entertainment opportunities in Elkader.


Need help deciding what to do? Take a look at Elkader Day Trip Ideas.

Or explore Elkader with an engaging Scavenger Hunt.
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After a drive on the beautiful scenic by-way or a day shopping, you will want a comfortable place to lay your head.


Nestled against limestone bluffs in the Turkey River valley, Elkader is full of invigorating vistas and inviting landscapes.

Food & Drink

From freshly baked donuts to authentic Algerian cuisine, tantalize your taste buds at locally owned restaurants.

Historic Sites

Did you know Elkader was named after an Algerian freedom fighter? Learn about Elkader’s rich history.


Elkader is a Great American Main Street and our downtown is home to nearly twenty specialty retail stores.

Find Elkader

Elkader is located in beautiful Northeast Iowa. It is centrally located along three state highways.


Contact Us

Chamber of Commerce
Email the Chamber
Phone: 563-245-2857
207 Main Street, PO Box 599
Elkader, IA 52043

Economic Development &
Main Street Elkader
Email ED & MSE
Phone: 536-245-2770
207 Main St, PO Box 125
Elkader, IA 52043

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