Fairport State Recreation Area

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Fairport State Recreation Area


(563) 263-4337

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Enjoy the "Father of Waters" from Fairport State Recreation Area. The Fairport Recreation Area provides excellent access and viewing of the Mississippi River. The large towboats, recreational boaters, river wildlife especially birds) and the majesty of the river all parade in front of the campground.

Fairport offers a variety of activities and adventure. Boat ramps allow access to the mighty Mississippi for fishing and boating fun. Modern campground facilities and electrical hook-ups are convenient perks for campers. Revel in the beauty of the river and the wildlife it draws as it flows past the campground. The 1848 Pine Creek Grist Mill, one of the finest examples of mid nineteenth century mills left in the country, provides a taste of local history. Additionally, Fairport State Recreation Area is just 6 miles down Highway 22 from the beautiful Wildcat Den State Park. With many unique opportunities, Fairport State Recreation Area has something for everyone.

Map of Fairport Station (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.434876, -90.913067



  • Boating

    3 boat ramps are available at the Fairport area and provide plenty of boating access to the "Father of Waters." A fish cleaning station is provided as well as docks for loading and unloading boats.

  • Camping

    The Fairport Recreation Area Campground is located 6 miles away from Wildcat Den State Park on Highway 22. It offers 42 campsites, all of which have electrical hook-ups. Modern shower and rest room facilities and a trailer dump station are available at the Fairport Campground. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping is also available at Wildcat Den State Park.

  • Fishing

    River fishing is allowable and a fish-cleaning station is available. The river is home to several fish species, including: channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, carp, bluegill, and freshwater drum.

  • Historic Sites

    One of the focal points of the park is the Pine Creek Grist Mill located in the eastern part of the park on Pine Creek. The mill was built in 1848 by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County's first settlers who also built the county's first store and post office in 1838. The Pine Creek Grist Mill is one of the finest examples of mid nineteenth century mills left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the mill, visit www.pinecreekgristmill.com.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not permitted; contact park services for more information.


Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90 °F and sometimes exceeding 100 °F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0 °F.

Park Partners

Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill

The mission of the Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill is to restore, operate and maintain the Mill and to share the historical significance of the site through educational programs, public tours and events.

(563) 263-4337



The Fairport Recreation Area Campground located 6 miles away from Wildcat Den State Park on Highway 22.

Phone Numbers


(563) 263-4337

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757