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Special-Use Area

at Thousand Hills State Park

The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. The total capacity of the special-use area is 100. The site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic tables. A portable toilet and potable water are available in this area during the on-season. The showerhouse is located in Campground 2, approximately one-tenth of a mile from the special-use area.

The fee for use of the area is $2 per person, per night. For more information or to reserve the area for your group, call 660-665-6995.

Picnic tables, firewood and a trash can under trees in the special-use areas

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Day-Use Areas:

  • April through October (On-Season)
    7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
  • November through March (Off-Season)
    7 a.m. to sunset, daily

The day-use area gates close at these times.

Park Office hours

  • April through October (On-Season)
    Usually available in park daily
  • November through March (Off-Season)
    Usually available in park Monday through Friday

The office telephone is monitored for messages between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., daily, year-round.

Please note there may be times when the office is closed while staff are working in the park.

Beach hours

Beach closed for the season