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Camping

at St. Joe State Park

St. Joe State Park has two campgrounds. The campground you use is dependent on what type of recreational equipment you have with you. Generators are not allowed in either campground. Current nightly camping fees can be found through Camping Fees on the right or by clicking here. 

If you will have... then you must camp in...
off-road vehicles (ORVs) Campground 1
horses Campground 2
ORVs and horses check with park staff
neither an ORV or horse either campground

IMPORTANT: If the amount of people, equipment or vehicles exceeds the capacity allowances, you will be required to purchase an additional campsite.

Due to the high demand for campsites at this park, it is recommended that reservations be made in advance. For weekend reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay of Friday/Saturday.

Please keep all wheels and tires on the asphalt vehicle pad. Park vehicles single file, end to end. All tents must be pitched on the designated tent pad.

Both campgrounds are nicely shaded. Rules and regulations are posted throughout the campground. Please familiarize yourself with these. There are five trailside campsites available at no charge. They are accessible from the equestrian and paved bicycling/walking trails. Interested parties must inquire at the park office.

To view campsite details, photos and availability, continue on to the reservation website. From there, you can select your desired dates and facility to begin the search. Printable campground maps are available below for your reference.

St. Joe State Park Campground 1 Map (PDF)

St. Joe State Park Campground 2  Map (PDF)

Campground 1

Campground 1 is open and reservable year-round and has 40 electric pull-through sites. Sites 1-15 have 20 and 30 amp. service and sites 101-125 have 20, 30 and 50 amp.service. There are 35 basic back-in asphalt sites. For a little extra space, try one of the park's family campsites.

The facilities are for overnight guests only. People with ORVs visiting overnight guests are required to park in the ORV staging area. All other visitors are required to obtain a visitor pass from the park office. Payment for first-come, first-served campsites can be made at the park office. If you plan to bring ORVs, please visit the Off-Road Vehicle Riding Rules page for the ORV rules and regulations.

The showerhouse in Campground 1 is closed during the off-season (November through March). Frost-free hydrants are available near campsites 42 and 118 and at the dump station.

Firewood can be purchased at the wood lot from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April through October. To purchase firewood from November through March, campers should contact the park office. Campers planning to carry in firewood must comply with current firewood advisories.

Campground 2 (Equestrian Area)

Campground 2 is open and reservable during the on-season (April through October). It has 13 electric back-in gravel sites with 20 and 30 amp. service and 12 basic back-in gravel sites. There are hitching posts at each campsite. Payment for first-come, first-served campsites must be made at the park office.

The nearest showerhouse, playground, dump station and wood lot are located in Campground 1 and are available to all registered campers.

Park Gate Information

Campground 1 can be accessed daily between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. year-round.  Registered campers can request after-hours access by contacting the park office at 573-431-1069 one day prior to their arrival.