St. Joe State Park

Park Information

The roar of engines breaks the stillness of the Old Lead Belt at St. Joe State Park, one of two off-road vehicle parks in the state park system. The many trails set aside for off-road vehicle use make the park the premiere off-road vehicle area. The park also features four lakes, two swimming beaches, equestrian trails, a hiking and bicycling trail, a water trail, and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORV or horse trailers.

The ORV area can also be accessed from the Donnelly-LaMear Trailhead, conveniently located right off Highway 67 at the Fairgrounds Drive exit. It is open Thursday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through March. The area has ample parking and restrooms. Online permits are required to use this entrance into the ORV area, but there is also access to the paved bicycle trail. For more information on the Donnellly-LaMear Trailhead, visit the Park Hills website.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Park Grounds:

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September

    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Gates to day-use areas, which include the off-road vehicle (ORV) riding area, lakes and Pim day-use area, open and close at these times. Trailheads, including paved bicycle/walking trails and equestrian trails, close at sunset.

ORV Staging Area hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September 

    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily 
    ORV sales stop at 6 p.m.
    Permits must be purchased two hours prior to riding area closure. 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 
    ORV sales stop at 3 p.m. 
    Permits must be purchased two hours prior to riding area closure. 
    ORV permits valid for day of purchased permit.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day 

Monsanto Lake Beach hours

Beach closed for the season

Pim Lake Beach hours

Beach closed for the season

ORV Contact Station hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September

    7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays