Attractions and Recreation

Visit Calliope Village

History reports that Sioux County, Iowa was founded January 20, 1860, on the banks of the Big Sioux River on the north edge of what is now Hawarden. Our “founding fathers” were Frederick Hubbell, W.H. Frame, Joseph Bell, and E.L. Stone who founded the settlement of Calliope (Kal’ e ope) for the express purpose of receiving a regulation count salary for organizing a county in Iowa.

In 1869, Calliope consisted of a courthouse, three log homes and about 10 residents. The infant town was driven back to the safety of Sioux City by Indian uprisings. In 1871, the Indians calmed down and the few rugged individuals who were willing to brave the wilderness returned to the settlement to find the original courthouse standing. By 1872 Moses Lewis bought out the remaining initial investors and used the office to issue fraudulent bonds. It wasn’t until 1874 that the settlement of Calliope was actually home to the earliest settlers. Progress came with a hotel, cabins and finally viability was enhanced greatly by the formation of a stage coach line to transport people to and from Sioux City.

Hawarden Area Veterans Memorial

After a lot of planning and great support and contributions from the community, the Hawarden American Legion and Hawarden VFW Post 2526 dedicated the Memorial on August 31, 2003, during Big Sioux River Days celebration in Hawarden.
Located in the City Park on Highway 12, the Memorial lists 1,030 local veterans on four large tablets. Future plans include additional landscaping. For more information you can contact the Veterans Memorial Board by Email


Golf is a staple of summer, and Hawarden has a nine hole course lovingly cared for by the golfers that use the course. Not a group of stuffed shirts but friends and neighbors who love the game and work hard to make the course the best it can be.

4502 Buchanan Ave
Hawarden, IA 51023-7564
(712) 551-4444

Hawarden Trail Map

For a map of the walking/bike trail, click here: Hawarden Trail Map

Oak Grove Park

Oak Grove Park combines the Oak Grove State Park with the Big Sioux County Park, managed together by the Sioux County Conservation Board. The park totals 433 acres, and is a multi-opportunity, picturesque, outdoor recreation area located 6½ miles northeast of Hawarden on county highway K18. Visit the website here.

Fishing at the South Pit Recreation Area

This area is located on the southwest edge of Hawarden. The 300 acre recreation site contains a 40 acre lake. The (no wake) lake has been stocked primarily with crappies, blue gills, bass, and walleye. This area contains a boat ramp, open shelter available for picnicking and future plans for campsites.

If you forgot your fishing gear or licence don’t worry. Everything you need is available locally. Sioux Bait & Tackle can fill all of your fishing equipment needs. Give Dan a call at 712.551.6688.

Fishing licences are available at the Quick Corner, conveniently located at 901 10th Street in Hawarden. Give them a call at 712.551.2129

A list of fishing licence fees are available on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website


Enjoy some of the Midwest’s best deer and pheasant hunting. Click here for more on hunting seasons and licenses.