Shady Creek Campground is a 22-acre park where campers enjoy getaways on the banks of the Mississippi River. A nature trail, shore fishing and fantastic bird watching are offered at Shady Creek.
The Mississippi River draws many anglers annually. The most popular fish species is the channel catfish; bluegill, walleye and northern pike are also found in the river.
Picnicking and playing horseshoes is a popular activity in the park.
The park's campsites contain 50-amp electric hookups, campfire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and showers are provided. A boat ramp and playground are on-site.
The park has spectacular views of the Mississippi River. Many trees throughout the campground provide great places to lounge in the shade.
The Upper Mississippi River begins at the headwaters of Lake Itasca, Minnesota and flows 1,250 miles to Cairo, Illinois where it joins the Ohio River.
Wildcat Den State Park is just north of Shady Creek, offering hiking trails and the historic Pine Creek Grist Mill built in 1848.
The Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge is a 40-minute drive downstream. Trails and observation decks are open to the public. Hunting and fishing are allowed in many area of the refuge.
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Really enjoyed our stay, sites are large and staggered so you aren’t staring at your neighbors and can enjoy the views. The road leading in was very rutted so take it slow , also due to COVID reservations are required , you can drive up but a sign asks you to make one online or call . Cell service was poor for T Mobile and the wait time for a call was 45 min, we tracked down a camp host who was able to get us registered and was very friendly. As stated water is shared by 4 sites and was 30 ft away . $10 with senior pass otherwise $20 Train only went by once!
Very nice park. Easy to navigate, even with big rigs, which there were planty. Never seen a park where every pad was level like this one. Electric was 30/50 at each site and water was dispersed through out the park, but often too far for a hose to reach. Down side is railroad tracks on one side, which came through at 3:30 am blowing his horns, and the Mississippi on the other, a couple during the night with their loud engines. Although they a neat to watch during the day they can be a nuisance during sleep hours.
All in all we still very much like this park. With the geezer pass we paid $10 for a primo spot (#14). Would definitley stay here again if in the area.
What a gem we found in Muscatine Iowa. Level poured pad for RV, electric and nice fire pits. Large sites. Clean restrooms and lots of hot water for Shower. Beautiful views of the Mississippi and most of all quiet.
We lucked out and got a last min campsite for 4th of July weekend. Because we didn't plan ahead well we had to take site # 31 which was actually only available because it was canceled that morning. Even though we didn't have a choice it was still a great spot. It was pretty quiet while we were there, a few kids riding bikes but for the most part it was an older population. We could see multiple fire works shows if we walked around the campground with the neighbors across the street putting on a pretty great "amateur" show.
Our cell phone provider is Sprint and we had zero service. The campground is close to Muscatine if you need to make a run but far enough out to feel like you're really camping.
The bath houses were very hot and muggy but they were also very clean. We had a water hook up by us but did not realize that we couldn't use it. Got scolded by the Park Ranger and told it was a no no.
Over all a great stay and I'm positive we will be back.
Nice location to spend time fishing, watching sunsets, and paddle. Near Wild Cat Den State Park.
make your reservations as early as you can the spots go quick! The campground even has a military spot!