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Special-Use Area

at Sam A. Baker State Park

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The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. The area is located about 250 yards from the showerhouse and restrooms and has vault toilets located about 75 yards away.

To reserve the area for your group, call 573-856-4411. The fee for use of the area is $2 per person, per night.

The special-use area, an open area of dirt surrounded by tall trees

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds

7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, year-round

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday as staff are available, year-round

Visitor Center hours

April through October (on-season)

  • April 1 through Memorial Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Tuesday after Memorial Day through Labor Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

November through March (off-season)

  • Closed

Mudlick Trailhead #2 hours

Click here for more information about trails at this park.