State Parks Stories

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Trail of Tears State Park Ready for Swimmers

Killdeer chicks raced noisily along the sand beach. A beaver glided on the glassy surface, then dove for cover with a slap of its tail. The only people watching at Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park on this early spring evening was a father and son strolling the shoreline.

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One of southeast Missouri’s favorite swimming beaches and fishing holes fully reopens later this month.

Historic Camp Pin Oak Lodge Rises from the Ashes

Destroyed by fire, the stone-and-timber Camp Pin Oak Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park has been rebuilt with the same craftsmanship displayed by its original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew in the 1930s.

The workers on the project are students participating in an innovative partnership with State Fair Community college, trading their labor for construction experience and college credit hours.

Holidays and history at Missouri State Parks

By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

How’s this for a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts.

That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event recreates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, Odile, lived in the house.

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Experience Missouri's history by visiting our state parks during the holiday season

Watch the birdie: Missouri State Parks in perfect position for migratory bird watching

By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it.

Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways that go north to south across the continent – the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific flyways.

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For winter travel, birds choose Missouri State Parks

Beauty, bison and a little bit of the past: Prairie State Park

By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

MINDENMINES, Mo. – As a natural resource steward at Prairie State Park, Brian Miller spends a lot of time on these rolling grasslands. His favorite is the last hour of the day.

That made my arrival perfect. The sky to the right was pink and purple as the sun set. To the left, lightning flashed and thunder rumbled in a gray column that reached to the ground. But the storm was all bluster, no rain.

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There's no better time to visit Prairie State Park than upcoming Prairie Jubilee

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