Benton City-Fry Recreation Area

A scenic, quiet recreation area located along the Cedar River in northeastern 

Benton County offers camping and river access. If you like a peaceful camping 

or fishing experience, Benton City-Fry Recreation Area is the perfect campground 

for you and your family. The Cedar River offers anglers opportunities to fish for

black crappie, channel catfish, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, smallmouth

bass, northern pike, rock bass, walleye, yellow bullhead, and shovelnose sturgeon

to name a few.


Benton City-Fry Recreation Area offers an open air shelter, pit restroom, river 

access, and a playground. This area is open to hunting September 15 - May 15 in the non-maintained portions for the property.



5899 29th Ave. Dr.
Vinton, IA  52349

Accessible by gravel only. 

Park Map


  • 25 acres
  • 15 Campsites (14 with electric; 1 primitive)
  • Pit restroom
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing
  • Picnic areas
  • Fry Shelter - Reserve Here 
  • Playground 
  • Hunting access, excluding campground, September 15 - May 15

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park Hours: 6 am - 10 pm

Camping: Mid April - End of October  

Closed to Camping: November - Mid April 

Open for Hunting: September 15 - May 15, excluding campground