Elkader has activities all year round to enjoy. Checkout elkader-iowa.com

Cedar Rapids - 75 miles

Dubuque - 60 miles

Waterloo - 80 miles

Davenport - 130 miles

Rochester MN - 125 miles

Elkader is a city filled with history. Elkader has 9 sites on the National Historic Register. They include:

  • Carter House Museum
  • Clayton County Courthouse
  • Davis House
  • Keystone Bridge
  • Lover's Leap
  • Motor Mill
  • Opera House
  • Price House
  • Schmidt House
  • Stemmer House
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church

The Elkader Historical Society preserves the history of the community with records and artifacts from the area's past. The Carter House Museum is the perfect place to educate children on how families from 150 years ago would have lived in Iowa. 

Elkader Parks* Turkey River Park on south edge of Elkader city limits on Iowa 13 offers camping and picnic facilities and fishing.* Elkader Recreation Park has picnic tables, shelter houses, new swimming pool and camping area. Area has comfort station and shower facilities, ball diamond and tennis courts. Founder's Park south Main Street has children's play equipment, garden's and a walking path.

Osborne Conservation Education Center, six miles south of Elkader on Iowa 13, 260 acres, is divided by the Volga River. Picnic areas, nature trails, fishing and limited camping available. Approximately 25,000 coniferous trees are planted, many in display plantings. A visitor center is open several days per week and has many environmental displays. Live animal exhibits include deer, pheasants, peacocks, wild turkey, duck and geese. 

Pony Hollow Trail
. Limestone trail, three miles along the Turkey River. Hike, bike and bridle trail.

Elkader Area Attractions

Local Golf Courses

Backbone Golf & Country Club

Strawberry Point, IA

Public, north edge of Backbone State Park. Open tee times. 

For more info, call 563/933-4545

Elkader Golf & Country Club

24361 Gunder Rd, Elkader, IA

Public, 9-hole with club house

For more info, call 563/245-2230

Guttenberg Golf & Country Club

28126 Hwy. 52, Guttenberg, IA

Semi-Private, challenging 9-hole 

Mississippi River view. Snack bar. 

For more info, call 564-252-1423

Tri-City Golf Club

16739 Diplomat Rd, Luana, IA

Semi-Private, 9-hole, snack & liquor bar

For more info, call 563-539-4435

Woods Edge Golf Course

Edgewood, IA

Public, Named best 9-hole in Iowa in 2000.

For more info, call 563/928-6668

Elkader Area Attractions:
Treasures are in your experience in Northeast Iowa
Bike/walking trails
Turkey River Canoeing
Nine-hole golf course
Trout fishing
Public swimming pool
Awesome downtown shops, coffee shop, and

National Historic Register locations throughout town.

Nine places include:
Carter House Museum, George Maier Rural Heritage Museum, Refurbished Cinema Theater on Main Street

Elkader ia also designated as an Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District!

See  http://elkader-iowa.com/  for area services, churches, and businesses.

Cedar Street Suites is just a walk away from the Elkader Opera House. The Elkader Opera House was completed in November 1903, replacing the old Turner Opera House which was destroyed by fire earlier that year. Today the Elkader Opera House provides a venue for local productions.