Guide to Campsites

Campsite PostIf the color bar on the campsite post is:

Green -- basic site
Yellow --  electric site
Blue -- electric/water site
Red --  sewer/electric/water site


If this symbol is on the post, the site is reservable. If this symbol is not on the post, the site is first-come, first-served only.


If a vacant card is in this space on the post, the site is reservable, but available for first-come, first-served users on a day-by-day basis or longer depending on the availability of nights.

 

 

 

Types of Campsites

Visit the Campground List page to find out which state parks and historic sites offer each type of campsite.

Basic Campsite

Parking pad, table, grill and lantern post

Electric Campsite*

Parking pad, table, grill, lantern post and electric power supply

Electric/Water Campsite*

Parking pad, table, grill, lantern post, electric power supply and private water hook-up (These campsites are unique to certain parks.)

Sewer/Electric/Water Campsite*

Parking pad, table, grill, lantern post, electric power supply, private water supply and a sewer connection

Equestrian Campsite

Associated with an equestrian trail system; may be basic, electric or electric/water. Use is limited to campers with horses. An exception applies at St. Joe State Park where campers without horses may occupy equestrian campsites.

Family Campsite

A campsite that comprises two camping pads as well as two tables, grills and lantern posts. Utilities, if available, also have two hook-ups. Family sites may be basic, electric, electric/water or sewer/electric/water.  

*Premium Electric

More than 1,000 campsites offer 50-amp electrical service. This premium service is available at electric, electric/water and sewer/electric/water sites and is ideal for today's modern recreational vehicle.

Special Camping Areas

Equestrian Campgrounds

Separate campgrounds for equestrian use can be found at Sam A. Baker, Cuivre River, Johnson's Shut-Ins and St. Joe state parks. Regular camping fees apply.

Special-Use Camping Areas

Many state parks have special-use camping areas for use by non-profit organizations. These areas are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved by calling the individual parks. Organized youth groups (Scouts, 4-H, church, etc.) have priority. Visit the Campground List page to find out which state parks and historic sites offer these areas.

Organized Group Camps

There are 13 organized group camps in seven Missouri state parks: Crowder, Cuivre River, Knob Noster, Lake of the Ozarks, Roaring River, Mark Twain and Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial. At Babler State Park, the Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center has facilities especially designed for campers with disabilities. Organizations must make reservations in advance directly with the park. Visit the Organized Group Camps page for additional information.

Comfort Camping

Create a camping experience without having to bring your own tent. Camper cabins at Johnson's Shut-InsMark Twain, Stockton and Lake Wappapello state parks, yurts at Pomme de Terrre State Park and a yurt and Outpost Cabins at Lake of the Ozarks State Park offer the feel of an outdoor camping experience with some of the comforts of home. All units are smoke-free and some allow pets.

Group Tent Areas

If you have a large group (15-50 people) that wants to camp together in a campground, group tent areas are available at Meramec State Park. The three group tent areas differ in size but offer similar amenities: 15-car parking lot, two grills and eight picnic tables.

Walk-In Campsites

Walk-in campsites, set between 50 to 500 yards away from the parking area, are perfect for the visitor seeking more solitude. They are available at Cuivre River, Hawn, Johnson's Shut-InsLong Branch, Stockton, Taum Sauk Mountain and Wallace state parks.

Backpack Campsites

Many parks with backpacking trails offer primitive camping in designated areas along the trails. These remote areas are not accessible by vehicle. Backpackers must register or check in with park staff. Visit the Backpacking page to find out which state parks offer backpacking trails.