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Wakonda State Park

Park Information

The clear water of Wakonda State Park's six lakes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl each year, making the park a bird lover’s paradise. The lakes also offer anglers a chance to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Two of the lakes have boat ramps, making it even easier to get into the water. A swimming beach provides a great place to cool off, and campsites make the park a perfect place to stay for awhile.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, year-round
    The park gate opens and closes at these times.
  • Day-use areas close at sunset.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 15 through Oct. 31
    7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through April 14
    Staff are usually available in the park Monday through Friday.
    The office telephone is monitored for messages during daytime hours.

Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.