Red Bluff Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Towering red bluffs along Huzzah Creek, carved out during the past 10,000 years, give this site its name. Early settlement of the area surrounded the Boyer Mill constructed around 1830. Railroads created a thriving timber industry till the supply was depleted. The land was purchased by the U.S. Forest Service in 1940 and has been used as a recreation area. Large, red bluffs along the opposite side of Huzzah Creek, gravel bars in the stream channel, a mixture of pools and riffles, and natural vegetation provide the backdrop for a very relaxing camping experience. The reddish color of the bluff is imparted by iron compounds in the massive rock structure that are being oxidized by exposure to air and moisture.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Toilet closest to the Pavillion is not available due to structural problem, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Operational Hours: Day Use: 6AM – 10PM  Area restricted to campers only from 10PM to 6AM.  Season: April 15 through October 31.
Fees Day-Use Fee: $2.00 per vehicle; $10.00 per bus; $20.00 for season pass . Pavilion - $30.00 per day. Camping Fees: Single Site - $11.00  Double Sites - $22.00  Single Electric Sites - $18.00  Double Electric Site - $36.00 Group Sites $27.00 - $102.00
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Davisville, Viburnum, Steelville
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water System
Restroom: Vault, unit next to Pavillion is cloed
Operated By: USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest

General Information

Directions: From Potosi, take Hwy. 8 west for 20 miles; then, Hwy. Y south for 12 miles. Turn west on Hwy. V for 6 miles; take paved Forest Road 2011 at the entrance sign. It is another 1/2 mile to the campground.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Red Bluff has 39 single and 9 double and 3 group campsites, each with table, fire ring, and lantern post.  Six of the sites have electrical hook-ups. Some sites are located very close to Huzzah Creek, while others sit on higher ground; most sites are within 100 yards of Huzzah Creek.  The group campsites accommodate up to 100 persons each.

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Can accommodate up to 45' RVs. Electrical hookups available at this location. No water or sewer hookups available.

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

3 group camp sites which can accommodate between 50 and 100 people and is available for reservations by calling 877-444-6777 or at:


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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