Silver Mines Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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
  • 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: $5 per vehicle, $10 per bus, $20 for season pass; Camping Fees: $15 for single non-electric, $25 for double non-electric, $20 for single electric, $35 for double electric; Group campsite $50 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
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service - Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District - 573-438-5427.

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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