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.

Sep 3

A New Gateway to the Ozarks

The development of the state park system’s property in Shannon County will add a new lodge, cabins and campground to the state park system but will open up for exploration a much larger landscape of the Missouri Ozarks and its wealth of wooded hills, bluff-lined valleys and sparkling float streams.

Aug 10

Katy Trail State Park Celebrates 25 Years

This is a success story.

Eldon Meyer brought his wife, Maggie, from the East to a rundown farmhouse on a hill outside his hometown of Hermann on the Missouri River.

She was not happy.

Jul 16

The Art of Falconry at State Parks

Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.

She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.

“They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”

In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.

May 23

New Features at Lake of the Ozarks State Park Marinas

SPS_MARINA_001Ask Betsey Browning, the bait lady, what will be for sale this summer at the Grand Glaize Marina at the Lake of the Ozarks and she recites a menu sure to make any fish bite.

Apr 24

Visiting Bingham’s Artistic Roots

SPS_BINGHAM_001In a December 1858 edition, the Marshall Weekly Democrat noted that artist George Caleb Bingham was returning to Missouri from Europe after completing paintings of George Washington and T