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Clearwater Lake Visitor’s Guide, 2012, Page 18

River Road Recreation Area River Road Recreation Area is situated along both sides of Black River below Clearwater Dam. The east side or left bank side runs next to Route HH and is the larger of the two with 96 sites that are mostly electric. There are two showers, flush restrooms, a trailer dump station, three day use pavilions, picnic facilities and a three mile hike and bike trail. There is also a boat ramp into the stilling basin below the dam and a helicopter pad for emergencies that

may happen on the project. The west side or right bank side is R Camp Loop and has 14 campsites, nine of which have electric. There are picnic facilities, a vault restroom and an extensive nature trail system designed for viewing wildlife. This trail begins with a wooden boardwalk that winds along and over the Black River. Fishing below the dam is different from the lake. The river has a greater diversity of fish species. Among the river species are walleye and paddlefish, both of which

draw anglers from miles away to try their luck. Paddlefish, also known as spoonbill, are caught by snagging during the season that opens March 15. Fish 60 pounds and more have been caught. Big catfish move into the spillway in the spring and biologists regularly find big spotted bass below the dam. Bluegill, largemouth bass and crappie can also be found here. All lake campgrounds are open year around, but with services suspended in the

off-season. Part of the campgrounds are used for the annual Festival of Lights in late November and December. River Road is special in that it is open all year with full services. The park has become popular with “snowbirds”, those northern campers who winter in Texas or Florida and space out the twice annual trip with long stops along the way. To get to River Road Park from Piedmont, take Route HH and turn just before the dam.


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