Picnic Areas

at Lewis and Clark State Park

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Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the numerous picnic tables with grills scattered along the lake's shoreline in the shade of stately cottonwood, sycamore and walnut trees. The day-use area also offers fishing, an open shelter house, modern restrooms and playground equipment.

Picnic Shelter

For larger gatherings, you can reserve the open picnic shelter, which was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This shelter, which has electricity and water, can be reserved for $50 per day.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve the shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 816-579-5564. If available, fill out the Shelter Reservation Application and mail it to the park for approval. Submission of this application does not guarantee reservation of the shelter.


A playground is available in the day-use area.


a group playing sand volleyball on the court in the picnic area

a group using the rock shelter, which sits next to the lake