About Dike

Chester Thomas Dike

History of Dike

Named for railroad construction engineer Chester Thomas Dike, who chose the site and laid out the town in 1900, Dike offers a small-town atmosphere with the convenience of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area.   Residents enjoy the simplicity, friendliness and low-stress environment that a small town offers. What sets this community apart from many others, is its proximity to the jobs, shopping, recreation and entertainment offered in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area.
Dike Watertower


Just 10 miles west of Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Dike is located in Grundy County and is adjacient to the four lane Interstate Highway 20. Dike is within 20 minutes of the University of Northern Iowa, the UNI-Dome and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center; Hawkeye Community College and the Upper Iowa University Waterloo Center; shopping centers, art and historical museums, drama and cultural activities, hospitals and recreational activities.


Dike has more than 30 local businesses, including such essentials as a convenience store/gas station, lumber yard, bank, post office, co-op, auto repair, beauty shops, craft, antique and specialty shops. 


Recreation opportunities abound in Dike, with a 280-acre nature area and 30-acre lake, an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, outdoor raquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, community parks and playgrounds, pickleball courts, soccer fields, softball/baseball diamonds, and an all-weather track. Community or family gatherings are often held in the community center, complete with full kitchen.