Decorah, IA

Decorah, IA is only 25 minutes from Amish Valley Cabin and has many different activities to do and see in this town.  Decorah is the home of Luther College which a private liberal college and welcomes any guests for tours, eat in the cafe, or use the Aquatic Center.  When you are in Decorah please stop by and check out this very beautiful campus.

Decorah is well known for it Norwegian Heritage and a wonderful place to check is the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center in Downtown Decorah and is open to the public for tours 9AM-5PM May 1st thru Oct. 31st.  They offer many different events almost every weekend all summer long.  Check out there site for what is going on each weekend. Nordic Fest is a large celebration which is held the last weekend in July 28-30th and they are Celebrating 50 Years.

Porter House Museum in Decorah is known for its history, art and naturalism. At the museum, visitors experience the historic travels, art, and collecting of this naturalist and his wife against the backdrop of Victorian elegance that was their home and heritage.  Stop by and take a tour, during May on Friday-Sunday from 1-4 PM or starting June 1st thru August hours are Monday-Saturdays 10 AM-4 PM & Sundays 1-4 PM.

The Decorah Fish Hatchery is a production rearing station for growing Shasta strain rainbow and St. Croix strain brook trout.  Approximately 130,000 catchable size rainbow and 20,000 catchable brook trout are reared annually.  Decorah fish hatchery personnel are responsible for stocking 15 put-and-take streams in Winneshiek, Allamakee, Howard, and Mitchell Counties. All streams stocked are posted on a calendar that is available on the Iowa DNR website, although some of the streams are unannounced.  Thirteen streams are stocked once a week and two every other week.  Because some streams get too warm during late June, July and August stressing fish, these streams are not stocked.  Stocking is done from April through October. The picturesque limestone office and residence date back to the 1930s as a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The hatchery consists of 24 cement flow-through raceways and 3 rubber lined earthen ponds. The fish hatchery is open to the public 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.  Group tours can be scheduled by calling the hatchery.  Office hours are 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM