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.

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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.


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.

Prairie Woods Nature Center 

The Prairie Woods Nature Center offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of Sioux County’s environment and history. Interactive exhibits provide information on different habitats including wetland, prairie, forest, as well as covering Sioux County’s geology and settlement history. The nature center is also home to the Sioux County Conservation Environmental Education animals, environmental education programming and Administration Offices.

Fishing at the Big Sioux Recreation Area

The Big Sioux Recreation Area is 270 acre area containing 90 acres of surface water was added to the Sioux County Conservation Management plan in 2009.  There are many habitats that can be found here from the prairie, forest and wetland. Located on the south west edge of Hawarden it is an easy jaunt to visit.  During bird migration season this area can supply hours of birdwatching from the many eagles viewed to many other waterfowl looking for a place to rest.

A list of fishing license 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.