Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park

Park Information

Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park’s boundaries. The state’s Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park’s Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. Trails lead visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area with views of the freshwater marsh and through bottomland and upland forests. The park’s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

  • 8 a.m. to sunset, daily
Lake Woolridge Road
  • November through March
    The road to Lake Wooldridge is closed.

Park Office hours

April through September (on-season)

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday

October through March (off-season)

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday

Please note there will be times when the office is temporarily closed while staff are working on the grounds. The office telephone is monitored for messages during office hours.

Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center hours

  • Temporary Hours from Nov. 21 through Dec. 27 for temporary exhibit
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday
    Noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28
    Closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    May through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
    April
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday
    Closed Monday through Wednesday