I’m so excited that the County park in my district – District 6 – has become popular with boaters and campers! Riverside Landing is located at the confluence of Dardenne Creek and the Mississippi River and is the perfect spot for launching your choice of watercraft for recreational boating, fishing, kayaking or canoeing. It’s also a great place to camp!
The St. Charles County Parks Department has done a tremendous job with this park, and Parks Director Ryan Graham tells me the number of visitors is increasing and the park is becoming extremely popular. Since May, the park has had 530 visitors either camping or renting watercraft! In August alone, 94 rented canoes or kayaks and 91 used the park’s camping facilities!
The boat ramp, with a nearby scenic overlook plaza, provides free access to the Mississippi and the Dardenne and serves as an entry point to the newly opened Dardenne Creek Blueway – the first phase of a five-phase Blueway plan for St. Charles County. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the iPaddle Station located in the park and taken for a 3.5-mile ride from Riverside Landing to 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters.
The Parks Department has added amenities for those who love the out-of-doors. Parking is available for 59 boat trailers, and the 7.73-acre park has 13 large and five small campsites with electrical hookups and a dump station for RV sanitary lines. A playground for kids recently was completed.
I was at the park in May when the Blueway opened and had the opportunity to tour the waterway, so I can attest to the beauty and peacefulness of this park and its surroundings. Check it out! You’ll be glad you did!
For more information and directions, visit stccparks.org.