Missouri State Parks Honors Veterans

at Missouri State Parks

Missouri State Parks values the contributions of veterans, current service members and their families. We are honored to provide the following opportunities to those who have given so much.

Military Camping Discount

Military members and veterans receive $2 per night camping discount year-round at state parks campgrounds. Nightly camping rates vary from campground to campground based on different criteria. Campsites with an electric amenity (electric, electric/water, sewer/electric/water) are priced differently for those with 30-amp service than for those with 50-amp service. The military discount will be given to retired, veteran and active-duty military personnel, as well as family members of active-duty military personnel – all of whom must show the proper valid military identification at time of check-in. Forms of identification include: CAC card, DD Form 1173, Form 214 or any of the examples shown here. A full listings of the camping rates by facility, broken down by season, can be found by visiting our Camping Rate page

Veteran Recruitment Program

Missouri State Parks seeks employees who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting public resources, and our veterans have demonstrated their commitment while also developing valuable skills that we need. In accordance with state law, if you are a veteran, a family member of a veteran or a survivor of a veteran, you are given preference in the employment selection process when you are similarly qualified to other applicants for the same position. If you are a veteran, we encourage you to ensure that your military experience is included in every application you submit for employment at Missouri State Parks. (Read More...)

Blue Star Museums Program

The Blue Star Museums Program is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the U.S. During the Blue Star program current military members and their families receive free admission to the following museums and historic sites beginning on Armed Forces Day through Labor Day:

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, Kansas City Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Burfordville
Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site, Ash Grove Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Sedalia Deutschheim State Historic Site, Hermann
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, Jefferson City Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial
Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, Ste. Genevieve  

Missouri State Parks Partners with our Military

Missouri State Parks partners with Fort Leonard Wood Army Base and Whiteman Air Force Base to provide recreational opportunities.

Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area

Located within Lake of the Ozarks State Park, with over 1,150 miles of shoreline, Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area (LORA) provides camping, boating, swimming, fishing and many other outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. LORA welcomes active-duty military, retired military, members of the National Guard and Reserves, DoD employees with ID cards, family members, and Fort Leonard Wood contract employees. Visit the Lake of the Ozarks State Park page for more information about the state park and activity listings.

Royal Oaks Golf Course

Royal Oaks Golf Course, located within Knob Noster State Park, is owned and operated by the United States Air Force and is open to the public. Visit the Knob Noster State Park page for more information on about the state park. 

Hero Hunt

Mark Twain State Park partners with the Missouri Veterans Commission to provide 15 veterans an all-inclusive managed deer hunt. Included in the hunt are lodging, meals, hunting permits and a hunting guide. If a veteran harvests a deer, processing will be covered as well. Applications will be available online.

Free Fishing for Veterans

Yearly, Roaring River State Park and the Missouri Department of Conservation cohost an annual Veterans Free Fishing Day. Any individual with a veteran’s status is able to fish inside the park for free that day. Veterans are able to pick up their free permits at the park store the day of the event. Veterans are invited to catch their limit of four fish and then clean and fillet them at the cleaning station. Veterans can also enjoy miles of hiking trails, camping, lodging and on-site dining facilities. They can also see the deepest cave spring in the United States with a current depth of 472 feet.