St. Ansgar

St. Ansgar is known as “The Garden Spot of Iowa” because of the beautiful local gardens, large old trees and lush farmland surrounding the town.

To honor a man whose influence had much to do in the shaping of his own life, the Rev. C.J. Clausen gave to the town the name “Saint Ansgar” (meaning “God’s Spear”). There is no other town named St. Ansgar in the entire world. In St. Ansgar, and on the National Registry of Historic Places, is the First Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in continuous use west of the Mississippi.

St. Ansgar is full of charming shops, eateries, apple orchards, a bed and breakfast, a retreat center, a museum, businesses, and several agricultural industries. Recreation is abundant and includes a golf course, a walking path/bike trail, a stocked trout stream, and a nature trail. A zero-entry aquatic center is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a water slide, lap pool, and other amenities.

Located near St. Ansgar is the Cedar River, which provides opportunities for excellent boating, fishing, waterskiing and other activities. Halvorson Park is located one mile south of town. Cedar River Sportsman’s Park, which overlooks the river, is located two miles southeast of town. Both are wonderful places for picnics and camping.

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