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Boat Launch

at Washington State Park

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A concrete boat ramp is available to launch your own watercraft into the Big River. A vault toilet and parking are available. This area is subject to flooding, and river levels vary.

Fishing is allowed. Click here for more information about fishing on the Big River.

Swimming is NOT allowed at the boat launch area.

Watercraft shuttle service is offered through the park concession for a fee. Please contact the concession staff at 636-586-2995 for more information.

The cabins, store, swimming pool and watercraft rentals are operated by the park concession, BA Services Inc. To make a reservation or for more information about the concession facilities, visit their website or call 636-586-2995.

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 sunset, year-round.
  • November through March
    The roads to Shelter #1/CCC Ridge, the swimming pool, cabins and the Big River Day-Use Area (including Shelter #2/Big River Day-Use Area Shelter) are closed to vehicles. They are open to foot traffic.

Interpretive Center hours

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Park Office hours

April through October

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
  • Closed Sunday, Monday and Saturday

November through March

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
  • Closed Saturday through Tuesday

Please note there may be times when the office is closed while staff are working in the park.