Rest or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic sites located throughout the forest and near the lake.
For large gatherings of friends or family, you can reserve in advance an open picnic shelter overlooking the lake for a $35 fee. The open shelter will accommodate up to 75 guests and is equipped with water, electricity, seating and an outdoor grill. To reserve the shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 417-852-4291. 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.
The kids will stay entertained at one of the playground areas. On the Pittsburg side of the park, you will find one playground at the shelter house and another by the showerhouse. On the Hermitage side of the park, a playground is located in the campground and is accessible March through November.