Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District

Area Status: Open

The 201,582 acres of Potosi Ranger District offer many developed and undeveloped sites for camping and picnicking. Because of the karst topography prevalent in this area, caves with springs that feed the rivers and streams can often be seen. They are currently closed to all visitors to protect bats from contamination by white-nosed-syndrome. Courtois and Huzzah Creeks are well-known "floating" streams, typical of the Ozarks, and much-loved by canoeists who flock there in summertime for the crystal clear water and safe passage. A portion of the Ozark Trail traverses Potosi District, and the segment encompassing the Berryman Trail is popular for mountain biking events. The 9,183 acre Bell Mountain Wilderness has beautiful views and challenging trails in a secluded and primitive setting.

Council Bluff Recreation Area is the largest lake in the Mark Twain National Forest. Providing a more developed experience, it features a sandy swimming beach, drinking water, restrooms, and many barrier-free facilities on a beautiful 440 acre lake, encircled by a 12 mile moderate hiking and mountain biking trail. Boar Ridge Campground along the spine of a forested Ozark ridge above the lake, offers a unique camping experience.

The 83,953 acre Fredericktown District features the rugged St. Francois Mountains and St. Francis River. In Spring, the "shut-ins" at Silver Mine are a magnet for kayak enthusiasts, who take advantage of the high water rapids. Marble Creek provides a quiet campground for family outings, and Crane Lake welcomes hikers to take the trail around it as part of their trek along the Ozark Trail. Rockpile Mountain Wilderness offers 4,240 acres of heavily-forested land, including some of the state`s last remaining virgin forest nestled in a narrow gorge.


Sand Play

Areas for Sand Play at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District


Scenic Driving

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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