Clayton County

Clayton County

So Much to Experience...

Clayton County is located in the beautiful hills of Northeast Iowa, bordering the majestic Mississippi River. Our scenic bluffs and natural beauty combine to provide unlimited recreational activities for visitors during all four seasons of the year...from ice-fishing on the Mississippi in the winter, to hiking trails highlighted by wildflowers in late spring, to canoe trips on our rivers in summer, to the breathtaking fall-foliage of autumn, Clayton County provides visitors with opportunities to experience the beauty of nature!

Our communities are scattered throughout the bluffs of Clayton County, and each has its own unique offerings to visitors who take the time to explore our country roads. We are fortunate to have the State of Iowa designated River & Bluffs Scenic By-Way, as well as the Great River Road located in Clayton County, which both lead visitors through several of these communities. We invite you to explore our communities' Main Street retail stores, gift, and antique shops. From fine dining along the Turkey River or Mississippi River to more unique casual experiences, such as the Gunder-Burger or the World's Largest Tenderloin, Clayton County is home to a wide variety of restaurants. Whether it is tent camping, RV camping, cabins, cottages, hotels, motels, Inns or B & B’s, Clayton County can be your home away from home for a good nights sleep.

From trout fishing, golfing, canoe/kayaking the rivers, exploring the trails, or enjoying a brewery or winery, there is something for everyone in NE IA. 

Towns include Clayton, Elkader (the county seat), Edgewood, Elkport, Farmersburg, Garber, Garnavillo, Guttenberg, Luana, Marquette, McGregor, Monona, North Buena Vista, Osterdock, St. Olaf, Strawberry Point, and Volga.  

Clayton County Development Group

The mission of the Clayton County Development Group is to enhance the opportunities for the creation of wealth for the citizens of Clayton County, Iowa through the promotion of Agriculture, Industry & Tourism; build strong profitable economic businesses through cooperation and education; create a destination for quality recreation and tourism and provide a quality of life that promotes public investment.

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News Headlines

Winter Walk to School Day!

Posted: Tue, January 18, 2022

REGISTER NOW for Winter Walk to School Day 2022! Happening on Wednesday, February 2nd. Click here to learn more!

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The UERPC January 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, January 17, 2022

The UERPC January 2022 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c79629096d41/uerpc-january-2022-newsletter-5742457

Highlights include:

  • Four Northeast Iowa Cities Awarded CDBG Funds
  • Homes for Iowa House Arrives in Allamakee County
  • Call for Applications for Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • SRTS Joins Viking Pride, Community Wide Efforts
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC January Work Anniversaries
  • Register for the Iowa SRTS Conference and Iowa Bike Summit
  • New Fayette County Community Resource Guide
  • January SRTS Monthly Motivators- Enjoy Winter!
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Call for Applications for Multimodal Transportation Grants

Posted: Wed, January 12, 2022

The Transportation Policy Board of Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) in northeast Iowa is pleased to announce the call for applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding for diverse transportation projects in our region and communities.

Eligible projects for Iowa’s TAP funding include construction of walking and bicycling infrastructure such as sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, bicycle facilities, and paved multi-use trails, as well as certain community improvement and environmental mitigation activities. STBG funding can be used for all of the previously mentioned Iowa’s TAP eligible projects, as well as construction and reconstruction of roads, streets, and bridges. Because all projects eligible for Iowa’s TAP funding are also eligible for STBG funding, applicants for Iowa’s TAP eligible projects may apply to both programs for the same project. Applicants may also apply to both programs for a single eligible project that would include funding from both sources if awarded.

Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within RPA-1 that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. The RPA-1 geographic region includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek.

The current application cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2026, which begins on October 1, 2025. RPA-1 is expected to have approximately $2.2 million in STBG and $133,000 in Iowa’s TAP funding available for distribution. Applications for both programs will be accepted beginning January 31, 2022 and are due by February 28, 2022.

The application forms and instructions for both programs can be found on the Transportation page of the UERPC website. Contact Aaron Detter with any eligibiilty or application questions, adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126.

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The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, December 20, 2021

The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e15364f12aeb/uerpc-december-2021-newsletter-5693761

Highlights include:

  • A Reflection on 2021 from Rachelle Howe, Executive Director
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $9 million to Housing Trust Funds to Advance Housing Priorities
  • UERPC's Annual Legislative Forum held on December 3rd
  • 2022 Business Consortium Membership- New Member 1/2 Off Deadline is January 1st
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Funding for Water Infrastructure and Water Quality Efforts
  • $5 Billion Available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Clean School Bus Program
  • Early Childhood Iowa Family Survey
  • December SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Happy Holidays!
  • December 5-2-1-0 Feature

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