There's no place like Iowa to check out the Mississippi. No, really! Fairport State Recreation Area lets campers, like yourself, set up right beside the water for the ultimate river experience. When guests aren't out on the waves, you can find them exploring the nearby Wildcat Den State Park -- filled with both natural and historical wonders.
If you're looking to camp at Fairport, you can choose from 43 campsites, all of which come with electrical hookups (and all of which allow doggos -- thank goodness!). You won't feel too cramped, as these river sites are spaced out nicely and offer easy access to the nearby boat ramp. Drinking water is provided via faucets, and a dump station can be reached on-site. Rates to stay start at $11 a night and jump to $16 during the busy summer season from May until September.
All types of boating are allowed out on the Mississippi, meaning you can clock all of the water-skiing time you'd like while you're here. The river also makes for an excellent fishing spot whether you cast your lines out at the water's depths or spend your time reeling in from the banks. When you feel like taking in a dose of civilization, the small town of Muscatine offers quaint charm and all of the accouterments you need to enjoy your vacation. If you want to hit the city after a day out on the river, Davenport is only a short drive away as well.
Doggos are welcome at this state park as long as they stay on a standard leash during their visit. As always, it's up to you to keep puppers permitted by promptly and properly picking up and disposing of their waste. Also, it's a good idea to keep your woofer on their best behavior so they don't bother any of the other guests at the park.
To get up close and personal with the Mississippi River, there is no better place to stay than Fairport State Recreation Area!