Explore Elkader-a Great American Main Street Community

The Turkey River is the centerpiece
of Elkader's scenic beauty.

Kayak at play in the Elkader Whitewater Park

Local Attractions

The Turkey River is the centerpiece of Elkader's scenic beauty. It is also a wonderful recreational resource for residents and visitors. It offers great fishing and tubing and is a popular family canoeing stream. Use our Business Directory to find a local outfitter to help you plan your trip.

Whitewater Park

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. The improved river access features a long, handicap accessible walking path to the river's edge. Boulders drop down into the river allowing easy stream access for fishing, or a seating area for picnicking or watching friends play on the whitewater feature. Finally, there are new, safer steps that drop directly to the river from the street. Canoers may also choose to enter the water on the east side of the river, across from the George Maier Rural Heritage Museum.
Visit the Whitewater Park website
See the live whitewater webcam
See the whitewater photo gallery

Founders' Park

Founders' Park is the newest park in Elkader, dedicated in June 2014. The nearly 11 acres were developed from a post 2008 flood buy-out area after a community visioning process. Foundersí Park was named to honor the founders of the community.

Founders' Park includes a playground area with a three-level play structure, a toddler playground piece, spring animals, swings, a maypole, a multi-pondo, and climbing/balancing rocks and logs.

Complimenting the playground area is a small parking area, picnic shelter and adjacent passive recreation area. The passive recreation area is used as soccer fields in the fall.

The park has a recreational trail throughout, benches and picnic tables and a performance shelter on the north side of the park. It also includes a butterfly garden, built and maintained by local Girl Scouts, a labyrinth and a chimney-swift bird tower.

Parking areas are located on the north side of the park and on the southwest corner just off of First Street/Hwy 56. Founders' Park is adjacent to the river access and whitewater park which makes it a great destination for the whole family.

Performance Shelter at Founders' Park in Elkader Playground at Founders' Park in Elkader
City Park

Elkader City Park

Campground photo gallery
City Park and Campgrounds Map
Elkader City Campground opens April 1st WEATHER PERMITTING and closes November 1st. Stroll, picnic, play or camp in our lovely 3 acre shaded city park near the Turkey River. The city pool, playground equipment, ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, 9 hole disc golf course, an exercise trail around the perimeter of the park, enclosed and open shelters, picnic tables are located in the park. The five open shelters and an enclosed shelter can be rented for your special event. Hike on the nearby Pony Hollow trail or take the Riverwalk to downtown Elkader. 100-125 campsites (26 electrical posts with 1 each of 50, 30 and 20 AMP). A conveniently located bathhouse offers hot showers. Campers also have access to firewood and a sewer dump site.

Camping Fees:
Monthly Camping $325.00
Weekly (7 consecutive days) $150.00
Nightly RV fee with water & electric $25.00
Nightly Tent fee without water & electric $15.00
No reservations on campsites
Shelters may be reserved by calling 563-245-2098. See the City Park and Campgrounds map for shelter locations and fees.

9 Hole Disc Golf Course is located in City Park near the pool and campground. Tournaments are held. Please see our Calendar for upcoming tournaments.

Elkader City Pool
Elkader City Pool

Located in City Park
Pool hours:
Hours during the first few weeks of pool season may vary. Check the pool's Facebook page at Elkader Swimming Pool for hours updates. All hours are weather permitting and over 70 degrees.

Pool opens Memorial Day weekend (weather permitting) and closes the day before school starts in August. Season passes may be purchased at City Hall, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the pool after Memorial Day.
Season Pass:
   • Family season pass is $150.
   • Single season pass is $90.
   • 3 day pass is $10.

Daily admission: $4, $2 for age 3 and under
Swimming lessons and aerobics are held throughout the summer. Lessons are in June & July, private lessons are also available and scheduled through the pool manager.
Concessions are available.
For more information call the pool at (563)245-1510 or
visit the pool's Facebook page at Elkader Swimming Pool.

Elkader Golf & Country Club
Elkader Golf & Country Club

24361 Gunder Rd.

This nine-hole course in a beautiful valley at the edge of Elkader is well groomed and features a unique club house created from a redesigned barn, with a large banquet room/dance floor on the upper story. Open to the public.

George Maier Rural Heritage Center
George Maier Rural Heritage Center

Adjacent to City Park
Open weekends:
mid-April to mid-October
For hours and tour information contact Ellkader City Hall at (563)245-2098.

Browse George Maier's personal collection of artifacts from rural Iowa history (1890 - 1950). The old Elkader Sale Barn adjacent to the City Park has been rebuilt to house a portion of Mr. Maier's extensive collection. Additional display buildings are being planned for the future. Special tours arranged by appointment. Contact Elkader City Hall at (563)245-2098.

River Walks
& Trails



Elkader River Walk is a scenic and safe walkway along the Turkey River, connecting downtown Elkader to the City Park, George Maier Rural Heritage Center, swimming pool, campgrounds, and tennis courts. The six foot wide walkway is lighted and handicap accessible. Get a Riverwalk & Trails brochure.

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