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New Water Trail Dedicated at Finger Lakes State Park

Finger Lakes State Park is marking National Trails Day on June 7 by dedicating a new trail. If you want to explore it, bring your water shoes instead of hiking boots.

North of Columbia off U.S. 63, Finger Lakes State Park gets its name from the slender lakes formed when pits left by a prior coal-mining operation were dammed and filled with clear water. Peabody Lake is the largest and now has a 4.5-mile water trail that lets paddlers explore the narrow waterways.

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If you want to explore it one of our newest trails, bring your water shoes instead of hiking boots.

Hermann Celebrates German Composer

Bach, Brahms and Wagner are three of the big names of the Golden Age of Classical Music, but another prominent German-American composer had roots in Hermann.

His name was William H. Pommer and he was the grandson of German immigrants who arrived in the Missouri River Valley in the early 1800s. He was the youngest son of Fredric Pommer, one of the six children who moved with their widowed mother, Caroline, to Herman in 1839.

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Deutschheim State Historic Site celebrates work of German-American composer with roots in Hermann.

Women’s History in State Parks

Marilyn King loved mastodons. Katharine Ordway loved prairies. Luella Agnes Owen loved caves. And Rita Piacenza loved Thomas Hart Benton.

Women played major roles in the creation of many of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, so it’s fitting to honor their impact in March, during Women’s History Month. Here are a half dozen of the women, and the stories of their important contributions:

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Women played major roles in the creation of many state parks and historic sites, so it’s fitting to honor their impact in March, during Women’s Histor

Parks Add Audio Tours

The Ice Age has met the Audio Age at Mastodon State Historic Site.

Missouri State Parks chose two sites on either side of the state – Mastodon at the south edge of the St. Louis area and Weston Bend State Park north of Kansas City – for a one-year pilot program to evaluate the OnCell Mobile Tour System in which personal cellphones are used to access audio tours.

OnCell is already providing mobile tours at more than 100 national parks, including battlefields, historic homes and natural areas.

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Missouri State Parks chose two sites on either side of the state for a one-year pilot program to evaluate a mobile tour system.

Trout Fishing in Winter; Peace in the Valleys

Temperatures nearing 40 were melting the weekend snow as Charles and Cindy Maledy unloaded their fishing gear near Missouri’s premier Ozark stream on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

“You get cabin fever, and a day like this is perfect for getting out,” said Charles Maledy. “We normally fish regularly seven to 15 times a winter.”

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Winter is a good time to work on your fly fishing skills before the opening of the catch-and-keep trout season on March 1.

Parks Offer First Day Hikes

SPS_FIRSTDAYHIKES_003Bison, nature’s ice sculptures, maybe an eagle or two - visitors to Missouri State Parks can expect to see these and more when taking part in the 40 First Day Hikes programs scheduled at parks throughout the state on Jan. 1.

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Visitors can see wildlife, scenic views and more when taking part in First Day Hikes programs scheduled at parks throughout the state on Jan. 1.

Explore Missouri’s History on I-70 Road Trip

A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state.

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A history tour of the parks and historic sites along I-70 includes musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitan

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