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Special-Use Area

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. The area includes eight picnic tables and has vault toilets.

To reserve the area for your group, call 636-458-3812. Customers may reserve the area in advance through the park by paying a $20 deposit fee. The fee for use of the area is $2 per person, per night.

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