Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2019

Multiple campgrounds within a forest near the Mississippi

Registering for any site means stopping at the main ranger office. We waited while a line of people rented pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks. We found site 6 in Silva Campground to be nicely set apart. 

Silva is wooded and has more seclusion than the other camps. River campground has campers right in a line with no shade around them. Silva was good for us. 

Some sites are close together- perfect for a small group. Others are open and along the road. 6 was carved out of the woods- we felt immersed in the forest. One set of 4 vault toilets serves this campground. Water can be found in a couple locations. Our site had full sun during the day so our screen tent saved the day.

A variety of hiking trails are here. Some are used by bikes and horses too. Rock Island is a short drive away and we hiked on Sylvan Island there. Many people are here for fishing. 

We didn’t like the large family gathering at the site across from us. They disappeared as soon as the rain came but there was a lot of activity going on. Some of the picnic areas would be perfect for these moments but they didn't move to them. We still enjoyed our stay.

  • Our camp was in a bit of a woody nook
  • A variety of hiking trails. Weather can make some muddy
  • The vault toilets have openings at the top and bottom. This is the first time I've come across this style. No keeping the bugs out here.
  • This trail was recommended to us and it was beautiful
  • Look at the mighty Mississippi River
  • Signs for hiking trails but you need a bit of sense to find the actual trail. This was around the corner from the sign.
  • Registration happens before driving around to find a spot. They did let us know what ones were open and were willing to let us check them out