Fairport Fish Hatchery named to the National Register of Historic Places – Voice Of Muscatine



The Fairport Biological Station was established by an Act of the United States Congress in 1908 and opened in 1910. The station was established to study the propagation of mussels, critical for the pearl button industry and to keeping our rivers clean.

Thanks to the efforts of people like you and the Friends of the Fairport Fisth Hatchery, the historic interpretive trail system throughout the 60-acre Fairport Hatchery site opened last spring for the public to explore.

The North Trail tells the story of the living quarters where staff lived. The South Trail highlights the Fairport Hatchery operational facilities both past and present. 18 stops along the trails feature interpretive signs about each historic site, many of which include QR Codes directing visitors online to more in-depth video content about each sign. Go visit the trails … or take a look at our trail videos here.

To keep this important history lesson alive, help us build the Educational Pavilion.

It will be a permanent facility to teach the history of the Fairport Federal Biological Station and to educate future generations about the important role freshwater mussels play in keeping our water clean.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift this year to help complete the educational pavilion. Make your donations through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.