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 or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 417-852-4291.
*Shelters can be reserved online from 30 days to 12 months in advance of the day of use. Reservations for arrival dates less than 30 days out can be made only by contacting the park.
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.