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

UERPC May 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 20, 2019

The UERPC May 2019 Newsletter is here! Check out the newsletter to learn about:

  • Congratulations to Jacki Schares of INRCOG
  • Community Teaching Kitchen Becomes a Reality
  • Iowa Invites People to Explore Iowa's Outdoors with "99 Counties, 99 Parks"
  • Emergency Action Plans for Cities, Counties and Businesses
  • Does Your City Code Need Updating? Let us help!
  • Employee Spotlight:  Kelly Hefel
  • Iowa Works:  Did You Know??
  • Calling All Allamakee County Clean Energy Enthusiasts
  • Progressive Walking Supper a Huge Success
  • Many Thanks to the Decorah Public Library
  • UERPC Offices will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day
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Marketing Internship Opportunity with UERPC

Posted: Fri, May 17, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is offering a Marketing Internship opportunity for a student studying marketing, communications, public relations or other related field. The internship will focus on creating and implementing marketing efforts for UERPC. Contact Rachelle Howe with interest or questions:  563-382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org.

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Iowa DOT Now Accepting for State Rec Trails Funding Cycle

Posted: Fri, May 17, 2019

The Iowa DOT is now accepting applications for the annual State Recreational Trails program funding cycle. Applications shall be either received via email by 5:00 pm to peggy.riecken@iowadot.us or postmarked by July 1, 2019. An email submission must still be followed by receipt of a single signed color original of the completed application via U.S. mail. The appropriation for State Fiscal Year 2020 (SFY 2020) is $1.5 million. Please note, the application form has been revised for this year’s cycle. If you are working from a previously prepared application, be sure to update to the new format and questions before submitting.

All hardcopies shall be submitted via U.S. mail to:

State Recreational Trails Program
Iowa Department of Transportation
Systems Planning Bureau
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

Please contact Debra Arp, Grant Program Administration Team Leader, at debra.arp@iowadot.us, if you have any questions or concerns. The Iowa DOT web site is updated with this information:  https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Grant-Programs/-Federal-and-State-Recreational-Trails

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UERPC April 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, April 15, 2019

The UERPC April 2019 Newsletter has hatched! Check out the newsletter to learn about:

  • Students Explore Local Career Opportunities
    at Networking and Opportunity Fair
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival a Big Hit
  • Progressive Walking Supper on May 1st in Decorah
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Winner Announced
  • Three Years Later, Open Gyms are Better than Ever
  • It's Spring Walking and Biking School Bus Season!
  • Employee Spotlight:  Roxanna Kayode
  • Team-building at the Waukon Wellness Center
  • UERPC Offices will be closed on Friday, April 19th in observance of Good Friday
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