Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
Red Bluff Recreation Area
Area Status: 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
Day Use: 6AM – 10PM Area restricted to campers only from 10PM to 6AM. Season: Early May - mid October.
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
Individual concessionaire may have certain restrictions in place
Davisville, Viburnum, Steelville
Pressurized Drinking Water System
Concessionaire, Red Bluff Management Team
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
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.
Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:
Can accommodate up to 45' RVs. Electrical hookups available at this location. No water or sewer hookups available.
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: www.recreation.gov.
River and Stream Fishing
Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:
Features float, wade and bank fishing for bass and sunfish.
Bald Eagles can be occasionally seen flying overhead.
Recreation areas with activity Viewing Plants:
Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:
Large, red bluffs on the opposite side of Huzzah Creek, gravel bars along the creek, a mixture of pools and riffles, and natural vegetation provide the scenic backdrop.
Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:
There are six individual picnic sites, each with table and grill. The area also has a group pavilion that can be reserved by calling 877-444-6777 or at: www.Recreation.gov.
Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:
The area has a group pavilion that accommodates up to 75 people that can be reserved by calling 877-444-6777 or at: www.Recreation.gov.
Recreation areas with activity Swimming:
There is no managed swimming in this area. However, Huzzah Creek is a popular place for cooling off during the summer, and relaxing on inner tubes. The water is not monitored or tested, rocks and drop-offs are not marked, and the current can be strong during periods of high water. Enter the stream at your own risk.