Silver Mines offers a variety of recreational opportunities and is abundant with historic and geological wonders. This beautiful area is located along the St. Francis River, the only river in Missouri classified as "white water," and is used for kayaking during the spring high waters. Silver Mines is located at a historic mining operation and is known for its Precambrian granite and felsite rocks. Silver Mines Recreation Area is named for the abandoned “Einstein Mine”, which was mined for Silver, Tungsten and Lead. The Einstein Silver Mining Company began mining in 1877, and mining ceased completely in 1946. A printable Recreation Area Map.
At a Glance
Hiking, Picnicking and River Access: 6AM – 10PM
Campground: Only registered campers allowed in the area from 10PM – 6AM.
Day-Use Fee: $2. per vehicle; $10. per bus; $20. for season pass. Camping Fee - $11. for single non-electric, $22. for double non-electric; Electric Sites - $18. for singles and $38. for doubles; group site $25 to $100, depending upon number of campers.
Individual concessionaire may have certain restrictions in place.
ATV's & UTV's may not be operated within this recreation area.
Pressurized Drinking Water System is currently available in Riverside Loop Only
Directions: From St. Louis, take Interstate 55 south to Hwy. 67 south; then, at Fredericktown, take Hwy. 72 west to Hwy. D following it to Silver Mines.
Camping & Cabins
3 primary campground loops and one lesser used loop offer 66 individual sites, 11 sites with electric hookup, 9 double sites, and 1 group site, each with table, fire ring, lantern post and a parking spur. Some sites will accommodate RV/trailer combinations of up to 50 feet. Fourteen sites are rated for tents only. Drinking water and vault toilets are conveniently located. No water hookups, showers or dump station facilities. On-site host will assist you. Campsite is most popular during spring kayaking season.
3 primary campground loops and one lesser used loop offer 66 individual sites, 11 sites with electric hookup, 9 double sites, and 1 group site, each with table, fire ring, lantern post and a parking spur. Some sites will accommodate RV/trailer combinations of up to 50 feet. Drinking water and vault toilets are conveniently located. No water hookups, showers or dump station facilities. On-site host will assist you.Electrical hookups available at both single and double sites at this location. No water or sewer hookups available.
1 group camp site which can accommodate up to 100 people and is avalable for reservations at www.recreation.gov.
River and Stream Fishing
Float, bank and wade fishing for bass and sunfish. The St. Francis is a “pool-drop” type of river, with several stretches of swift water separated by placid calm pools, providing many fishing challenges.
The 2-mile long Silver Mines Trail follows both sides of the river. West Section leads to Riverside Picnic Area. East Section (1 mile) leads to Turkey Creek Picnic Area. From there, a 1.2 mile trail leads to Mill Stream Gardens Conservation Area, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Eight individual picnic sites available, each with table and pedestal grill. Group pavilion accommodates up to 75 people.
Picnic shelter with 6 picnic tables accommodates up to 75 people. Includes large pedestal grill, parking for up to 20 vehicles.
There is no managed swimming in this area. However, this part of the St. Francis River is popular for water play and cooling off during the summer. The water is not monitored or tested, rocks and drop-offs are not marked, and the current can be strong, especially during periods of high water. Enter the stream at your own risk.