LeRoy is known as the western gateway to Historic Bluff Country. A progressive community, in addition to its proximity to Lake Louise State Parks’ recreation, LeRoy boasts an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, two city parks with picnic shelters and playgrounds, ball diamonds, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and more. There are two buildings on the national Register of Historic Places – a Prairie style bank designed by Purcell and Elmslie, students of Louis Sullivan, and the Public Library building, the only example of the small-town Carnegie-type Classical Revival style library building left intact in Mower County.
Lake Louise State Park
Lake Louise State Park, Located approximately 1.5 miles north of LeRoy on county Road 14, lures hikers, bikers, horseback riders, skiers, and snowmobilers to its trails, which wind through open landscapes and lush hardwoods. A colony of Allium cernum, commonly known as nodding wild onion, can be found in the park. This is a Minnesota threatened species. The nodding wild onion blooms in the spring, along with purple-fringed orchid, woodland prairie flowers. The confluence of the Little Iowa and Upper Iowa Rivers that occurs in the State Park provides ample water recreation for swimmers, boaters, and fishermen. The lakeside picnic grounds and beach area draw many visitors in the summer.
Shooting Star State Trail
The Shooting Star State Trail begins in the city of LeRoy in Mower County and travels north through Lake Louise State Park. It then heads west along Hwy 56, which is also known as the Shooting Star & Historic Route Scenic Byway, towards Taopi, Adams, and Rose Creek, allowing trail users to experience a rural landscape. The native wildflowers and grasses are a highlight of this byway and trail.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm EDP Renewables’ Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm is located just south of LeRoy in Iowa’s Howard and Mitchell counties. The wind farm has an installed capacity of 300MW, and energy from the Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm will be delivered to homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service area in parts of seven southeastern states. EDP Renewables Energy has provided a Pioneer Prairie Lookout on the south side of LeRoy. It offers a free, unique, and educational look at the wind farm.