Attractions

Fort Defiance State Park
Located off of Hwy.9 West
Park Hours 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Natural beauty surrounds in this 191-acre park that features sites for picnics, camping, and trails for hiking. Shelter, and restrooms available.

Historic Carnegie Library
613 Central Avenue
Located in the heart of downtown Estherville, this historic building is over 100 years old. Enjoy the beauty of the architecture, monuments, and green space in the surrounding square. The library houses over 50,000 books, as well as, CD ROM, microfilm, video, and filmstrips.

Regional Wellness Center
415 South 18th Street
Open to the public, this recreation center features an Olympic size six-lane lap pool, diving board, 120 foot waterslide and a 7 foot drop slide, a wet deck play area for young children, as well as a state of the art exercise area, a large basketball court, and more.

Estherville Rock Garden
Mickelson Park by the Des Moines River
Built in 1933, the Rock Garden was constructed to be a beautiful area in which to relax by the river. Stones from various towns were brought in to build the masterpiece. The garden was restored in 1996 after flooding damaged much of the area.

Emmet County Water Trails
The Des Moines River Water Trail begins its trek through Iowa in Emmet County. Access points in Emmet County are at A17, Tom & Jerry Bridge, 4th Street Bridge, North Riverside Park, School Creek, Riverside Hills, A33, and near Wallingford at the Peterson Access. At these points you can begin your paddling, floating, wildlife viewing or fishing expedition!

Peterson Point
The Peterson family homsteaded this farm on High Lake in 1866 and lived there for many years. The farmstead has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places which includes a restored farmhouse, barn, and various outbuildings. The Emmet County Conservation Foundation holds several annual celebrations at the farm. At other times, reservations are required for a guided tour of the house and farmstead. For more information call (712) 867-4422. Click HERE for a map and directions.

Emmet County Historical Museum
The Emmet County Historical Museum is located at 1720 3rd Avenue South in Estherville, and it's open 2-5pm during the months of June, July and August. The museum features a number of historical buildings and exhibits showing off the area's rich history.

Iowa Great Lakes
Only a 15 minute drive from Estherville you will find a beautiful chain of glacier carved lakes that includes Iowa’s largest natural lake, Spirit Lake, and five interconnected lakes that include the Okobojis.
The Estherville Chamber and Emmet County are members of the Western Iowa Tourism Region!
Check out their webpage for more information!