Water Trails

During the summer months in Fairfield the three retired water reservoirs in Fairfield are refreshing places to go cool off and enjoy the lush greenery and to kayak, canoe, swim and fish. Or try the Cedar Creek Water Trail which uses a 6- mile scenic section of Cedar Creek, or the 72-mile Skunk River Water Trail which passes through Keokuk, Washington, Jefferson, and Henry counties.

Click here for an interactive paddling map of the area

At present, there are two designated water trails in Jefferson County:

Skunk River Water Trail

The real beauty of the Skunk River can be enjoyed by navigating the river in a boat, canoe or kayak. The 72-mile Water Trail traverses Keokuk, Washington, Jefferson, and Henry counties. The river provides excellent fishing, so bring your fishing pole and bait! The Jefferson County section is 10.5 miles long and can be accessed at the Coppock Access boat ramp. To exit from the beautiful river use the MacCoon Access boat ramp. Remember that the river should be enjoyed with respect and caution. After heavy rains, the river can rise rapidly and cause strong currents/floating debris.

The Cedar Creek Water Trail

This six-mile water trail is in the scenic section of Cedar Creek and has a different feel than the other larger rivers typically seen in southern Iowa. The limestone outcroppings and narrow channel create an intimate feel. This slow-moving creek does require paddling if you would like to make good time. Put your canoe or kayak into Cedar Creek at the Turkey Run Wildlife Area and take out at Round Prairie Park, about 6 miles downstream. Be ready for a beautiful and exciting trip downstream!

Fairfield City Lakes

The City of Fairfield and the Park & Recreation department are transforming the three city water reservoirs into water recreation areas, since the reservoirs were set aside as emergency sources of city water in 2005.

Non-wake boats are allowed on all 3 lakes, as well as row-boats, kayaks, etc.  Boats with internal combustion engines are not allowed.

Please have respect for the lakes and help keep them clean.

 

Suggestions on what to take on a float trip:

  • Extra paddle
  • First aid kit
  • Personal floatation device
  • A secure place for car keys
  • Food and water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water shoes or supportive old shoes
  • Extra clothing
  • A fun attitutde that is ready for a great day!

Main Location

Website

Fairfield First Fridays

Fairfield First Fridays, is a fusion of all types of art and entertainment held the first Friday of every month, regardless of the weather. Over 25 galleries and art venues featuring over 300 artists, musicians, actors, writers, poets, and dancers are free and open to the public. The First Fridays offers a remarkable variety and quality of art and entertainment as it highlights Fairfield's arts, culture, unique shops, and entrepreneurial spirit. There is something different every month, something fun for everyone.

For more information about the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, and a complete list of each month's themes, visit their website.

Main Location

PO Box 632
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Thymely Solutions

Thymely Solutions
104 North Court Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
641-472-9815
Offering natural remedies, including herbs, aromatherapy, supplements, homeopathy, flower essences, personal care and gifts for wellbeing.

Shop in the store or browse and shop online to www.Thymely.com. They will gift wrap and ship anywhere in the world! (And even included a note in the package!) They also offer free gift wrapping in store as well as curbside. Curbside pick up and in town delivery are standard here. How about ordering by phone!!   When you can call the store (641-472-9815) The friendly staff at Thymely will send you pictures and ideas for your gifting needs and then wrap if you would like, so you never have to leave your home!

Hours:

Mon-Fri:9:30am-6pm
Saturday:10am-5pm
Sunday:1pm-5pm

Main Location

104 North Court Street
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Overland Outfitters

Overland Outfitters
2096 Nutmeg Avenue, Fairfield, IA 52556
641-472-8480
Overland specializes in the finest quality sheepskin and leather goods, offering an extensive selection of outerwear, accessories and home products.

Hours:

Mon-Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Main Location

2096 Nutmeg Avenue
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Health & Wholeness

Health & Wholeness
104 North Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556
641-472-6274
Retailer of Maharishi Ayurveda authentic herbal formulas.

Main Location

104 North Main St
Fairfield, IA 52556 

The Kottage

The Kottage
54 South Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
641-469-5467
Gift Shop – Crabtree & Evelyn Bath and Body Care, Isabel Bloom, Willow Tree Angels and Vera Bradley handbags and accessories

Hours:

Mon-Thu: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Fri: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Main Location

54 South Main Street
Fairfield, IA 52556 

Crest Jewel

Crest Jewel
48 N. Main St., Fairfield, IA 52556
641-472-8205 / 1-800-999-9602 for orders
Offering "precious gifts of nature" from around the world.

Main Location

48 N. Main St
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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The Raj

The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa

The Raj is the only Maharishi Health Spa outside of India specifically built to offer traditional Ayurveda rejuvenation treatments. At the heart of The Raj programs are the profound treatment programs that help restore balance and reawaken the body's natural healing mechanisms.  Relaxation, rejuvenation, natural therapies, yoga, and customized treatments for weight loss, headaches, chronic disorders. The 36,000 sq. ft. French country-style facility is located on 100 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands in Maharishi Vedic City, the first new city in Iowa in 25 years.
Phone: 800-248-9050

1734 Jasmine Ave, Fairfield, IA 52556

641.472.9580

Main Location

1734 Jasmine Ave
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Cindy’s Art Beat

Cindy’s Art beat
53 W. Broadway., Fairfield, IA 52556
641.209.1988
Dedicated to providing a local resource for area artists with affordable, high-quality fine art tools.

Also available are unique gifts, hand-made natural fiber dolls, ice-dyed fashions, ceramics, and original paintings and prints from Southeast Iowa artists.

Main Location

53 W. Broadway
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Maharishi Vedic Observatory

Maharishi Vedic Observatory

The Maharishi Vedic Observatory, a one and one-half acre open-air observatory of masonry sundials, is unique in the world for its ability to display in one compact form the whole structure of the universe along with all the movements of the sun, the planets, and the stars. It is the only example in existence today of this timeless knowledge that was once in every culture around the globe.
Phone: 641-472-7000

Directions: The Maharishi Vedic Observatory is located on Observatory Drive in Maharishi Vedic City. From Fairfield take Highway One north to Airport Drive, turn west, drive one mile to Jasmine Avenue, turn north, drive 1/3 mile to Observatory Drive, turn west. The observatory is at the end of Observatory Drive.

Main Location

Observatory Drive
Vedic City, IA 52556