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River Island State Park With Kids

River Island State Park offers 37 campsites, a ramada, and a sandy beach area for play!

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

River Island offers 37 campsites, a ramada, sandy beach, cove, and boat launch area. There are 3 lanes located in a calm cove that are available for motorized and non motorized vehicles to launch. The beautiful island reef is located close to the cove, so take caution and obey rules.

The day we visited the water was freezing, but the kids just had to get in. They had fun playing on the shoreline on a warm day. We did not stay a whole day, but we definitely enjoyed the water and would go back for some camping.

Wedge Hill Trail

The Wedge Hill Trail is approximately ½ mile in length and heads uphill for a moderate hike overlooking Colorado River. The trailhead is located east of launch ramp at the center of camp. It provides beautiful views of the river, as well as the Parker Damn. You can connect with the trails at Cattail Cove State Park as well. More information here.


There are 37 camp sights at this state park, including 8 beachfront sites for tents or small RVs. These sights were close together, however they had a nice relaxing feel to them. The other 29 sites are suitable for larger RVs as well as tents. For more information on booking a site, click here.

While we did not camp on this visit, we did use the facilities to clean up after playing in the river. We visited in March and there was no hot water available in the showers.

Junior Ranger Program

We always stop and do the Junior Ranger programs at state parks. The day we visited, they had a younger version available and the kids still enjoyed doing all the activities and pledging to protect the park.

Getting There

River Island State Park is open 24 hours a  day, 365 days a year. Note that the deli and dump stations may not be open. The fee is $10 per vehicle and $3 for individual / bicycle. The temperatures in Parker, AZ can be as warm, if not warmer as they are in the valley. I recommend bringing plenty of food and water along with you, there are not many places in the area to stop for supplies, however there are supplies in the ranger’s office.


  • Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

    Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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