State Parks Stories

Missouri State Parks invites you to explore the world of nature our state has to offer. Read our stories and find a state park that's close to you.

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

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.

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