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The mission of the Clayton County Development Group is to enhance opportunities for the creation of wealth for the citizens of Clayton County, Iowa.


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Come relax, enjoy and experience the natural beauty and inherent fun found in Clayton County, Iowa! Spend the weekend exploring hidden historic treasures, trout fishing in a stream or river, hiking through a state park or national monument, driving along the scenic Mississippi River or perusing numerous antique and specialty shops. With such a vast array of activities to entertain, you are sure to find fun for everyone in Clayton County!
The county includes a diverse landscape of rolling hills, historical main streets and breathtaking views of the Mississippi. Come explore four of Iowa’s Great Places, the River Bluffs Scenic Byway, the Turkey River Recreational Corridor, the Mississippi River Trail and the cultural and entertainment districts that will help you make memories to last a lifetime!

Clayton County, Iowa: Places to Relax, Enjoy & Experience

Explore all the hidden treasures within and around Elkader, IA, the county seat of Clayton County and Sister City to Mascara, Algeria. Elkader is home to 9 National Registry of Historic Sites. Stroll over the famous Keystone Arch Bridge to the Carter House Museum and glimpse into the lives of Iowan's 150 years ago. Continue along the scenic River Walk. . . 

Nestled among the towering bluffs and borders the mighty Mississippi River. Boasting a rare vista of natural beauty and representing a story of rich history, Marquette has so much to offer. Experience hiking amid spectacular views while learning about Native American history at Effigy Mounds National Monumentt. Learn of the town's rich. . .

Enjoy trout fishing stocked streams throughout the county: Bloody Run, Buck Creek, Ensign Hollow, Joy Springs, Maquoketa River, North Cedar, Sny Magill, South Cedar, and Turkey River. You can’t beat fishing the Mississippi River. . .

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Relax, enjoy and experience everything there is to see and do in Clayton County, Iowa!






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