St. Charles County’s newest recreation area opens Saturday, Aug. 18, just in time for the popular Blessing of the Fleet ceremony the same day along the Mississippi River near Portage des Sioux.
Riverside Landing, the former privately-owned pay dock located between Kampville Drive and Huster Road in St. Charles, also along the Mississippi River, is now county parks property and access to the river is free to the public.
The 7.73-acre park was purchased in March 2018 by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and will be developed into a unique outdoor recreational attraction. A boat ramp and dock, boat slips and kayak launch area will be available from Aug. 18 through the rest of the boating season.
The park will close this winter to undergo major renovations including the installation of several small and large campsites that will accommodate recreational vehicles (RV), day-use picnic areas, a walking trail, a spacious fire pit area, and a play area for children. Restroom facilities, water and electric will be available on site. It is anticipated that Riverside Landing will reopen to the public in the summer of 2019.
“Riverside Landing is going to be the place to go for kayaking, canoeing, boating and other water sports, as well as camping, fishing and hunting along the Mississippi River and Dardenne Creek,” said St. Charles County Parks Director Ryan Graham. “This popular ‘blueway’ area of the river, known as Alton Lake, is 40,000 acres and 38 miles long. It will be the perfect summer destination close to home.”
Plans also call for the park to be connected to 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters via a canoe route along Dardenne Creek, which is about three and a half miles upstream from Riverside Landing and dumps into the Mississippi River.
The St. Charles County Council, St. Peters and the Dardenne Creek Drainage District No. 3 agreed to an intergovernmental agreement for maintaining a portion of the creek for the canoe route. The parties all are expected to enter the agreement by August to allow enough time for the clearing work to be finished.
The agreement comes after the council agreed to pay $336,053 design services for developing the new park to Intuition and Logic, a St. Louis-based engineering firm, at their May 29 meeting.
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has added three new parks this year alone. In addition to the Riverside Landing, The Park at New Melle Lakes opens on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring opens this fall. This increases the total number of County parks open to the public from 12 to 15 and the total amount of acquired parkland to 3,643 acres.
For more information about our parks, visit stccparks.org or call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 949-7535.