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Canoeing the Middle Raccoon River at Lenon Mill
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Raccoon River Valleyanora, a classic "small town" of 1200 people, is nestled between the scenic rolling hills of the Raccoon River Valley and the flatlands of prime Iowa farmland in eastern Guthrie County. Created by the last glacial layer, called the Wisconsonian, over 12,000 years ago, the beautiful landscape has something to offer everyone.

Middle Raccoon RiverFeel like going for a drive? Head south or west and you will be traveling the Western Skies Scenic Byway. Experience rolling meadows, boundless horizons, and wide-open roads while traveling along Highway 44 through Guthrie County.

Feel like fishing? Head to the Middle Raccoon River for excellent fishing. Fish commonly caught at Lenon Mill Park, on the Middle Raccoon, include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Croppie, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish and an occassional Northern Pike. Don't forget to bring your canoe. With several access ramps located along the Middle Raccoon, you can experience the beauty of the river - one of only 5 protected waterways in Iowa.

Feel like biking, roller blading, or just taking a nice walk? Head to the Raccoon River Valley Recreational Trail. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a 56-mile multi-use trail on the former Milwaukee RR line. Bring along your binoculars for some spectacular bird watching, too.

Lake Panorama Marinaanora is a great place to visit, but an even greater place to live. Lake Panorama, Iowa's largest and finest private-lake development, provides a summer resort atmosphere and is the neighbor to the City of Panora. The historic square in downtown Panora is the home of the new Panora Public Library. The Panorama School District is headquartered here, with all the students from the five communities in the system attending at the school complex on the west side of town.

Commuting is a breeze with the Des Moines-metropolitan area just 45 minutes down the road. The new Little Panther Daycare and daycare homes are available for those who need to have someone to watch their children.

House of B, Main StreetA variety of fine businesses make many services and products available to local residents and out-of-town visitors. Spiritual needs can be met at any of the eight churches that serve the community. Medical care is local and the Guthrie County Hospital is just seven miles away in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

And what is a small town if it doesn't have its own festival? Panorama Days takes place the first weekend of every August. This three-day event provides a parade, daily entertainment, food, evening dances, a water-ski show, fireworks, and much more.

So, whether you're walking, biking, canoeing, driving, or even flying (the Guthrie County Regional Airport is just three miles west of the city), come on over to Panora! You'll be glad you did...and just maybe, you'll want to stay a while. See you soon!

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police - 911

Ambulance - 911

Fire - 911

Police Non-Emergency - 641.747.2214 or 641.755.2164

Electrical Emergency After Hrs - 641.755.2376


  • Panora Family Medicine - 641.755.4000
    120 W Main Street
    PO Box 696
  • Panora Medical Clinic - 641.755.2121
    803 E Main
    PO Box 298
  • Guthrie County Hospital - 641.332.2201
    710 N 12th Street
    Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115


    Water, Sewer, Electricity, Garbage Collection & Recycling - City of Panora - 641.755.2164
    City Hall
    501 E Market Street

    Telephone, Cable TV, Internet - Panora Telecommunications - 641.755.2424
    114 E Main Street
    PO Box 217

    Natural Gas - MidAmerican Energy - 800.622.1003

    Alliant Energy - Interstate Power & Light Co - 800.255.4268


    Panorama High School.Panorama Middle and High School - 641.755.2317
    701 W Main Street
    PO Box 39
    Fax: 641.755.3008
    Bus Barn: 641.755.2308
    Information Line: 641.755.2888

    Panorama Elementary School - 641.755 2021
    401 Panther Drive
    Supt's Office - 641.755.2317


    Calvary Chapel of the Raccoon River Valley
    West Hwy 44 (Panorama High School)
    Pastor D.A. Haworth
    Worship - Sunday, 10am
    Women's Study - Monday, 7pm
    Men's Prayer - Tuesday, 6:30am
    Women's Prayer - Wednesday, 6:30am
    Midweek Study - Wednesday, 6:30pm
    Solid Rock Bible Club - Thursday, 3:30pm

    Christian Church
    Corner of 1st and Church Street
    Pastor Gary Freeland
    Sunday School - 9:00am
    Worship - Sunday, 10:00am
    Nursery available during worship service
    Coffee, cookies and fellowship following worship.
    Wednesdays - Stitch and Chatter (CWF) 10:00am

    Church of the Brethren
    2946 200th Rd
    PO Box 566
    Fax: 641.755.3610
    Pastor Trevor Nunn
    Early Worship Service - Sunday, 8:30am
    Adult Education & Children's Sunday School - 9:15am
    Worship - Sunday, 10:15am

    Lighthouse Assembly of God
    400 SE 3rd Street - Panora
    PO Box 518
    Pastor Kelly Gafkjen
    Sunday School - 9:30am
    Morning Worship - 10:30am
    Wednesday: Bible study - 7:00pm

    Fountain of Life Church
    Pastor Randy Leib
    2322 Wagon Road
    PO Box 417

    St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, Panora
    St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guthrie Center
    220 N First Street
    Father Mike Peters
    Sunday Mass - 8:30am
    Wednesday Mass - 7:30am

    St. Thomas Lutheran
    Missouri Synod
    N. on Highway 4, Panora
    PO Box 509
    Reverend Kevin Roop
    Sunday School & Adult Bible Study - 9:15am
    Worship Service - 10:30am

    United Methodist Church
    119 E Main Street
    PO Box 601
    Reverend Michael Bahde
    Worship - Sunday, 9:30am
    Coffee, Cookies, and fellowship following worship.
    Adult Sunday School - 10:30am

    City Government

    Panora City Hall
    501 E Market Street

    United States Post Office
    117 East Church

    Guthrie County Conservation Board
    206 W South Street
    Panora, Iowa 50216

    Panora Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 73

    Panora Congregate Meals
    115 W Main

    Panora Public Library
    100 NW 2nd Street

    Panora Water Plant
    2211 Soldier Trail
    PO Box 98
    Phone: 641.755.2188

    Panora Generating Plant
    Phone: 641.755.2874

    Panora Community Center
    115 W Main
    PO Box 98
    Phone: 641.755 2319

    Additional Guthrie County offices are located at the Guthrie County Courthouse in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

    Associations & Civic Groups

    Friends of the Library - Pageturners
    Meets quarterly on the third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
    Contact Margaret Babcock 641.755-2838.

    Fin and Feather
    Club supports fishing and wildlife enhancement at Lake Panorama

    HALO - (Home And Lot Owners)
    Social club for Lake Property owners

    Lake Panorama Ski Team
    All volunteer club that puts on the Lake Panorama Days Ski Show

    P.R.I.D.E. - Panora Regional Industrial Development Enterprise
    P.O. Box 141
    Phone: 641.755.2131

    Lake Panorama Association
    The Lake Panorama Association is the private home and lot owners association that governs the affairs of the Lake Panorama development. The Association is made up of over 1700 member owners and governed by a seven-member board of directors. The general manager oversees over twenty full-time employees that are responsible for the development of roads, beaches, water system, dam operations, security and dredging programs. The LPA is proud to be part of the Panora community.

    Panora "After 5" Club
    Women's Christian Fellowship Group
    Phone: 641.755.4205.

    Panora Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 73

    Panora Development Corporation
    114 East Main
    Phone: 800.622.5726

    Panora Garden Club
    Meeting on the the 1st Monday of the month.
    Contact Vickie Ditsworth - 641.755.2609

    Panora and Lake Panorama Lions Club
    Local chapter of the International Lions Clubs.

    Panora Masonic Lodge #121
    110 E Market
    Phone: 641.755.3057

    Panora P.E.T.S. (Protecting Even the Strays)
    Local organization of citizens focusing on the large population of neglected, stray, and feral cats in the community.
    Contact Kristine Jorgensen - 641.431.1003 or

    Panorama Area Wellness Center
    Local committee members and volunteer group working to establish a wellness center for our community.

    W.F.P.F. - Women for Panora's Future
    Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month
    Contact Diane Duzenbury - 641.755.2403.

    W.S.O. - Women's Service Organization
    Contact Rosemarie Staebell - 641.755.3841.

    Women's Volleyball League
    8-Woman Rosters with a community sub list.
    Season starts October 20th and runs through March. Team captain meeting at Fuzzy's on Oct. 6 at 7PM.
    Contact Gladys Willey - 641.755.2141 or Deb Rockwell - 641.755.3796 with team name, or if you would like to be put on a team or the sub list.


    Lake Panorama National Resort
    Scenic location makes for a natural partnership between the golf course and its adjoining resort, which includes tennis courts, volleyball courts, and a swimming pool. The Resort offers town home and motel lodging on site as well as the Resort Conference Center with eight meeting rooms with capacities for 300 plus people. The town homes are two bedroom/two bath units with a living room, kitchen, and laundry facility. The motel units are a standard motel unit with two double beds or one queen bed. Overnight guests in the town homes or motel units may us the pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, private beaches, and may purchase a temporary membership for boating or fishing on Lake Panorama. 5071 Clover Ridge Road
    Phone: 800.879.1917 or 641.755.2080

    Lake Panorama Motel
    The Lake Panorama Motel offers lodging next to the beautiful Lake Panorama National Golf Course and Resort. Motel rooms consist of either two double beds or one queen bed with a private bathroom, A/C, cable television, and free wireless Internet connection in each. Overnight guests in the motel units may us the pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, private beaches, and may purchase a temporary membership for boating or fishing on Lake Panorama.
    5071 Clover Ridge Road
    Phone: 800.879.1917 or 641.755.2080

    Prairie View Bed & Breakfast
    Only minutes from Lake Panorama for golfing, boating or fishing. Bicycle along the Raccoon River Bike Trail. Wide-open skies provide a perfect setting for evening star gazing and campfires. Relax in the swimming pool. In colder months, enjoy hot cider around the fireplace and cross country skiing for the more adventurous. Guthrie County Regional Airport is only one mile away and welcomes private planes. There are 3 guest rooms of which one is a spacious suite for honeymooners or any special occasion for pampering. A full breakfast compliments this country retreat with a choice of formal or casual dining.
    2711 Hwy 44 (2 miles west of Panora)
    Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115
    Phone: 641.755.4356


    Casey's General Store
    303 E Main Street

    Guthrie County State Bank Drive-Up - Available 24 hours
    505 E Main Street

    Hometown Grocery Store
    601 E Main Street


    See the Visitor Guide for more recreational and outdoor opportunities.

    Lenon Mill Park and Wildlife Area
    Nestled by the banks of the Middle Raccoon River you'll find the original site of the old Lenon Mill that was built in 1863. First built as a woolen mill but changed to a flour mill in 1877. After years of idleness, the mill was finally torn down in 1959. This charming park of 1236-acres is available for camping (including an RV hook-up, water, bathrooms, and a shelter house) and fishing, and has an access for canoes on the 'Coon River.

    Michael Mills Memorial Park
    Michael Mills was the first Iowa soldier killed in Desert Storm, 1993. Michael was a graduate of Panora-Linden High School. The spacious memorial park includes a playground, water fountain, shelter and picnic benches, sand volleyball, two ball fields, and a soccer field.

    Heritage Park
    This small, but eye-catching, park is a nice resting spot along the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The park is located where the Panora Depot once sat along the tracks and includes a water fountain, shelter, and picnic benches.

    Community Events

    See the Calendar for more events, dates, times, and locations.

    Panorama Days - First Full Weekend of August

  • Friday Night - Family Night with lots of events for kids -- Kiddy Parade, Tractor Pull, Kids' Show-off Time and more.
  • Saturday - Saturday begins with a Fun Run follosed by one of the county's biggest parades. Following is a full slate of free entertainment on the Square, games & rides, a beer garden, an art display in the Library, and other events and games throughout the community.
  • Saturday Night - Street Dance and Beer Garden
  • Sunday - Breakfast at the Community Center and a Duck Float Contest on the Middle Raccoon River for Chamber-sponsored prizes.

    Friday Village Market - A Flea & Farmers' Market

  • Every Friday evening, July & August, at the Guthrie County Historical Village in Panora, 5-7pm.

    Panora Lights Up Town Square - First Saturday in December

  • Walking Tour of holidays lights, holiday music, soup supper, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Community Center/Town Square.

    Camp Candy Cane - First Saturday in December

  • All for the kids - games, prizes, crafts, and a visit with Santa! Vet's Auditorium/Town Square

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