Park trails are temporarily closed to equestrian and bicycle use due to muddy conditions. The soonest they may reopen is Aug. 22.
Due to wet conditions, Opossum Hollow Trail is temporarily closed to bicyclists and McAdoo Trail is temporarily closed to equestrian use. The trails will be re-checked on Aug. 20.
The restroom at the Mokane Trailhead is temporarily closed while staff assess and repair damage caused by a fire. The restroom is anticipated to be reopened by the end of August.
Two bridges are being replaced on the Katy Trail near Providence Boat Ramp (MP 166.2) and at Wilton (MP 157.4). Construction will begin Monday, Aug. 4 and is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Sept.
Due to our agreement with the Missouri State Fairgrounds for the use of the parking lot, the equestrian parking area at the Sedalia Fairgrounds will be closed during the month of August. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources samples water quality at all designated swimming beaches in the state park system on a weekly basis during the recreational season. The samples are analyzed at the Environmental Services Program laboratory in Jefferson City, and results are posted online. To check the status of a beach, visit dnr.mo.gov/beaches.
The modern restrooms and showerhouse in Campground 5 will be closed beginning July 8, 2014. The closure will allow work to begin on replacing those facilities, and may last through August. During the closure, port-a-potties will be available in Campground 5. The nearest modern restrooms and showerhouse are in Campground 4. Staff appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and look forward to providing campers with new and improved facilities.
“On Saturday, June 14, a herbicide was sprayed on approximately 25 acres of remnant native prairie at Prairie State Park by an independent contractor, destroying native vegetation in the area. There will be an independent, multidisciplinary investigation of this incident to determine how this happened and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable,” said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks Director.
Trail users should be alert to construction being done at the McAdoo Trailhead. The trail surface from the trailhead will be unusually rough during the construction period as well, however, it remains open for use.
The paved road that passes in from of Cabin 1 and leads to the gate at the old Shut-Ins Road is temporarily closed. Large pieces of the paved were destroyed during spring flooding.
Access to the cabins is not impacted by this closure. Big Creek can be accessed from other parking lots.
The Lamine River Bridge on Hwy. 41 (Arrow Rock/Pilot Grove exit 98) will be closed for construction July 21 through Oct. 21, 2014. Westbound I-70 traffic must detour to Route K (Arrow Rock/Blackwater exit 89). Travelers should allow an extra 10 minutes for the detour route.
Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails. A bison herd of more than 100 head freely graze the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your pet to the park’s campground and picnic area, but must follow Missouri State Park’s pet rules, available here. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.
Portions of White River Valley Trail will be closed during the dates below to allow for hunting seasons on Corps of Engineers property.
April 12-13, 2014
April 21 - May 11, 2014
Oct. 1 - Nov. 2, 2014
Nov. 15-25, 2014
Dec. 20-30, 2014
Jan. 3-4, 2015
Closed sections: Trailhead 2; Trailhead 3; on the Blue Loop at White Connector 3; Trophy Run Road
Open sections: Trailhead 1; Red Loop; White Connector 1; White Connector 2; Blue Loop to White Connector 3; White Connector 3
Visitors can expect delays due to construction on the new Missouri River bridge on Hwy. 40/61 and on Hwy. 109 near the Hwy. 100 overpass. Overpass closures and lane restrictions may slow down traffic.