Silver Mines Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
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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

Operational Hours: Hiking, Picnicking and River Access:  6AM – 10PM
Campground: Only registered campers allowed in the area from 10PM – 6AM.
Reservations: Reservations for this site can be made on Recreation.gov
  • All reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance of arrival.
  • Group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.
  • Standard sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance.
Fees Day-Use Fee: $2 per vehicle, $10 per bus, $20 for season pass; Camping Fees: $11 for single non-electric, $22 for double non-electric, $18 for single electric, $38 for double electric; Group campsite $25 to $100 depending upon number of campers.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Individual concessionaire may have certain restrictions in place.
ATV's & UTV's may not be operated within this recreation area.
Closest Towns: Fredericktown, Ironton
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water System is currently available in Riverside Loop Only
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Concessionaire, Silver Mines Campground Management 573-783-3769

General Information

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.

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

1 group camp site which can accommodate up to 100 people and is avalable for reservations at www.recreation.gov.

RV Camping

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.

Campground Camping

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.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.561306

  Longitude : 
-90.4414457