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at Prairie State Park

a picnic table and fire ring on a flat area next to a treePrairie State Park offers a small number of basic campsites and a backpack camp. These basic campsites will accommodate groups of up to 20 people.

A printable campground map is available for your reference by clicking the "Campground Map" link.

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Campground Information


Available Dates

Showers/Water Available

Types of Sites

Campground Map
Year-round See information below Basic

Campground Amenities (Click here for a guide to the symbols.)
Vault Toilet SymbolAccessible Symbolpark office symbol

Important Camping Information:
  • Campsites at Prairie State Park are not reservable. They are available only on a walk-up registration basis. Before occupying a site, check with the park staff or follow the directions on the posted card or signs.
  • Potable water is available on the south side of the shop building before you enter the camping area.
  • A vault toilet is the only amenity that serves the campground and backpack camp.
  • Campfires are prohibited at the backpack camp. Backpack stoves are permitted.
  • Please contact park staff at 417-843-6711 for more information.
  • Campers planning to carry in firewood must comply with current firewood advisories.
  • Camping is limited to any 15 days within a 30-consecutive-day period at any one park or historic site.
  • We recommend no more than two dogs per campsite. Pets must be supervised and kept on leashes no longer than 10 feet at all times. Portable fences, shock collars and other electronic devices do not meet these requirements. Pet waste bags are available in most locations. Other than service animals, pets are not allowed inside any building that is not part of the Cabins for Canines program, or in public swimming areas or waters reserved for fishing.