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Welcome Home

To the heart of some of the most beautiful land in Iowa.

Wadena is located in Northeast Iowa, Fayette County, Illyria township, on the banks of the Volga River. It is approximately 50 miles west of the Iowa-Wisconsin border. Wadena is in the heart of some of the most beautiful land in Iowa, featuring picturesque farms, winding creeks, and rolling hills. The Visit Wadena page will show you the way to find trails, rivers, scenic routes, bridges and historical sites. Stay for a weekend at our local lodging and don't forget to enjoy a famous Barney Burger!

If you are a first time visitor, enjoy our small-town welcome.

If you are a return visitor, or a long-time resident, welcome home!


Annual Events

Wadena Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday before Easter 10am- City Park


Firemens Chicken BBQ Supper

First Sunday in September: 5-8:30pm


Lima Leaf Day at Lima Church

First Sunday in October: 11am-2:30pm


Wadena Community Church Fall Festival

November: Supper, Sale, Auction 


Visit from Santa

December - Wadena Fire Station


Wadena City Hall

136 S. Mill Street

Wadena, IA 52169-9632


Mayor: Jared Kent

City Clerk: Julie Holt

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