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Home of Upper Iowa University
Population: 1,427 (2013 census)
Fayette is located in northeast Iowa along Highway 150 about 50 miles northeast of Waterloo and 36 miles south of Decorah. Fayette is located in Fayette County.
A picturesque small town in the heart of beautiful northeast Iowa, Fayette is a place where a strong work ethic, friendly neighbors, nature’s beauty and wonderful recreational opportunities all come together. Fayette is home to several parks, a sports complex, an 18 hole golf course, recreation trails, many churches, an accredited community library, a 5th and 6th grade elementary school, a daycare center and Upper Iowa University (UIU), the state’s largest private university. UIU, with approximately 570 students living on campus, offers numerous cultural activities and athletic events. The University’s large recreation center and library are open to the public for their use. The Volga River winds through the heart of Fayette up through the Volga River Recreation Area, a 5,000 acre state park, providing unlimited recreational opportunities including fishing, camping, canoeing, sailing, hiking, trails, cross country skiing and other outdoor activities. Fayette is a family friendly community with pleasant neighborhoods and easy access to a variety of businesses.
Rainbow Land Preschool and Daycare is located in Fayette.
The City of Fayette is served by the North Fayette Valley Community School District. The district includes the cities of Clermont, Elgin, Fayette, Hawkeye and West Union. The high school and elementary school are located in West Union. The middle school is located outside of Clermont. Fayette is home to the Fayette elementary school where the 5th and 6th grade classes meet.
Upper Iowa University has called Fayette home since 1857. UIU offers more than 40 majors, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates in a variety of specialties. UIU has numerous cultural activities along with NCAA Division II athletic events.
The University of Northern Iowa, Luther College, Warburg College and Northeast Iowa Community College are all within about an hours’ drive from Fayette.
Parks and Recreation
Fayette has three city parks that offer a variety of recreational activities as well as the Volga River Recreation Area, a 5,000 acre state park just outside of the city limits. On the west edge of Fayette is Klock’s Island, a beautiful 10 acre park for overnight camping right along the Volga River. The park offers shelters with electricity, picnic tables and a modern shower and restroom. Cardinal Park is a wonderful sports complex with regulation softball and Little League lighted baseball fields. Across the road from Cardinal Park enjoy Frisbee-golf. Rainbow Land Park has modern playground equipment, a tennis court, basketball court and sand volleyball. Big Rock Country Club, an 18 hole golf course, sits on the northeast side of Fayette. A network of paved trails winding through Fayette, connecting Klock’s Island, Cardinal Park, Big Rock Country Club and the Volga River Recreation Area provide endless recreational opportunities.
Emergency Services and Community Life
Fayette has an outstanding volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. There are six churches in Fayette – Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Fayette Community, Grace Lutheran, Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic and United Methodist. Many local organizations such as the Fayette Lions Club, Fayette American Legion Auxiliary, Volga Valley Conservation Club and area foundations and community gatherings help maintain a strong sense of community. The beautifully restored historical Opera House can be rented for celebrations. A variety of businesses call Fayette home including restaurants, sports bars, gas stations, convenience store, flower shop, dental office, prom/bridal store, attorney’s office, grocery store, hair salons, insurance offices, martial arts, hardware store and much more.
Fayette celebrates Watermelon Days each year in September. The town celebration is fun and entertaining for the whole family. Fireworks, a parade, games, raffles, food vendors, community dinner, silent auctions, inflatable’s, and free all-you-can-eat watermelon help make the event successful year after year.
The City of Fayette operates under a five member city council with a non-voting mayor. The city administrator is responsible for administration of the city government, financial management and reporting. Other departments include: public works (water, sewer & streets), fire, ambulance and police.
Fayette Police Department
The City of Fayette has access to law enforcement coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between the Fayette Police Department and by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Emergency dispatch is provided by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, located 8 miles north of Fayette, which handles all 911 calls for the City. The department works closely with the Upper Iowa University campus security when requested. The department consists of a Chief of Police and one Full-time Police officer. Part time officers and Reserve officers are also utilized.
The City of Fayette is an Equal Opportunity Employer.