Special-Use Area

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

The special-use camping area is for use by nonprofit organizations. It is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved by calling 636-458-3813. Reservations are taken beginning Jan. 2 for use during that calendar year. Organized youth groups (Scouts, 4-H, church, etc.) have priority.

Tents set up near the group fire ring picnic shelter


Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Park Grounds: Entrance gates open and close at these times.

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October

    7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March

    7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily

Park Office hours

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.

River Hills Visitor Center hours

  • April through October 
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday 
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

  • November and March 
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday only

  • December through February