About Us

The town took its name from a large projecting rock on a bluff of the Iowa River, which at a distance presented the appearance of steamboats lying at anchor. On one of these was what resembled a wheel-house, and on this grew a large pine tree looking somewhat like a smokestack which in 1885 was struck by lightning and the shock cut off the “wheel house” and ruined the resemblance to a steamboat. Floods later completely washed away the piece of rock known as the wheel-house.

While it might have had to draw largely on fancy and imagination to ever have seen a steamboat on the bank of the river at that point, it was enough to forever give a pretty name to the town site.

Today it is known as "The Valley Of Friendliness". Know that you will receive a warm welcome when you visit.

History of Steamboat Rock

The city of Steamboat Rock was platted in 1855 and named from a large rock on the river bluff which is said to resemble a queue of steamboats from a distance.

Find Us

Steamboat Rock is located in Hardin County in central Iowa right along the Iowa River. We are at the intersection of County Highway D35 and County Highway S56. We are just south of the Highway 20 exit 181 and just north of Pine Lake State Park.

A Look Ahead

City Council Meeting


2nd Monday of each Month

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***River's Edge Trail is now open to Eldora & through Pine Lake State Park
Steamboat Rock, Iowa, is a primary gateway to the Iowa River Greenbelt in northern Hardin County.
It is a pleasant little village in the middle of the farm fields of Iowa, but also a gem in the green necklace of the Iowa River.  There is much to do, see and enjoy in and around us.
Explore our site and then come enjoy our hospitality.
Calendar of Events
In & Around
Steamboat Rock
All School Reunion?

Is anybody else interested in having an “All School Reunion”? My wife and I, (Jim & Jane Kramer) would be interested in taking the lead on setting up a team of people to help organize another reunion. I believe that this would take a lot of work to update the list of graduates so we would need help to get this done. Are you willing to join this team? Or maybe you are willing to support this effort in some other way. If you are interested, please contact me at jimkkramer@heartofiowa.net

7:00am Recycling

April 10th & 24th

NEW City Hall
Monday - Remote
Tuesday - Remote
Wednesday - Remote
Thursday - Remote
Friday - Remote
Sunday - CLOSED

Please leave a message at 641-868-2240 or email srcityhall@heartofiowa.net

These will be checked daily!

If you would like to dump tree branches, please get ahold of Dave Hagberg at