Louise Speaks: Our last state park on our three park trip, is River Island State Park. This park is actually almost connected to Buckskin State Park (see last years post). This park was formed as an overflow campground for the popular Buckskin Park. The park is closer to the city life of Parker, but seems isolated as it is surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides. No internet or phone service here so very peaceful for sure.
River Island State Park is ideal for tent campers as well and can provide a scenic respite, a desert escape, or a fun-filled water adventure. The park has only 37 campsites, but does have a group ramada, a sandy beach, a cove, and a boat launch area. The park has a trail for hiking and access to off-highway vehicle back country roads. There is also a huge dog park and plenty of grassy areas for lawn games. There are 8 beach front campsites on a grassy area right on the Colorado River. I’m guessing these are the tent sites although there were no campers during our stay. The River Island Market, located 1/4 mile outside the park, offers groceries, food deli, gas, clothing boutique and storage. In the summer, the park unit is most popular for boating, fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and camping amidst a backdrop of beautiful mountains and that 100 degree temperatures I was talking about. In the winter, visitors appreciate the mild climate and enjoy camping and fishing. The Blue Water Casino is just a few miles away in the town of Parker.
River Island State Park gets a B+ rating. Not as good as Buckskin or Cattail, but a great State Park for both day use and camping.