Missouri State Parks COVID-19 Response

Missouri State Parks COVID-19 Response (as of 4/8/20)

Thank you for your continued support of Missouri State Parks. We will continue to update this page as more information is available.

Whether exploring trails by foot or by bike, physical activity is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Outdoor spaces are well-suited to increased social distance, and fresh air is a great way to calm your mind. But, we must remain diligent in taking steps to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • If you or someone in your household feels ill or may have been exposed to someone who is ill, stay home and contact your health care provider.
  • If you visit, be sure to pack water, extra soap and/or hand sanitizer. Due to limited services, water, soap or sanitizer may not always be available.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding groups of more than 10 people and keeping a distance of at least six feet from others.

Missourians and park visitors are encouraged to review information provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as it relates to COVID-19.

Park Operations and Closures to Further Implement CDC Health Guidance

As of 4/2/20, Missouri State Parks modified operations at five state parks to address overcrowding and concerns regarding public safety. The modifications, including the temporary closure of four of Missouri’s state parks and partial closure of one additional park, went into effect at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 2, and are scheduled to continue until April 30.

The operation modifications, effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, include the following:

  • Castlewood State Park will close.
  • Elephant Rocks State Park will close.
  • Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site will close.
  • Weston Bend State Park will close.
  • St. Joe State Park will close the off-road vehicle riding area.
  • Gates to individual parking lots may close at all state parks when the lot reaches capacity.

You can view our press release here.

You can view the latest individual park advisories related to COVID-19 here.

Effective 3/27/20, all campgrounds and lodging are temporarily closed.

As of 3/24/20, all campgrounds and lodging are closed Friday, March 27, through Thursday, April 30. This includes campgrounds, park-run lodging and concessionaire-run lodging. All fees associated with camping and park-run lodging reservations, including reservation, cancellation and modification fees, beginning the night of Friday, March 27, through the night of Thursday, April 30, will be refunded.

Park staff will inform guests already in the campgrounds of this change and will work with them to adjust their reservations and on any needed refunds. The call center will contact campers with reservations who have yet to arrive.

If you have an existing reservation at a state park or historic site campground or park-run lodging, you can modify or cancel your existing Missouri State Parks reservation online without a fee. Please visit www.icampmo.com to move your reservation to a later date.

If you prefer to speak with someone on the phone, please call our reservation call center at 877-422-6766. Call center hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please be patient, as we are experiencing high call volume. If your reservation is after April 1, please consider waiting to contact the call center.

For a list of frequently asked questions about modifying or canceling your reservation, click here.

For an existing reservation with concessionaire lodging, please contact them directly at the phone number listed below.

We are proud to be a member of the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. While our campgrounds are not currently open, the association is a great resource for finding other campgrounds during this time. Visit www.campinmissouri.com to find a campground near you.

Concessionaire Lodging, Dining and Retail Operations

See the list below for the status of concessionaire lodging, dining and retail.

Arrow Rock Tavern As of 3/16/20, concessionaire restaurant is closed.
Bennett Spring State Park,
417-532-4307
As of 3/23/20, all concessionaire lodging, store and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Echo Bluff State Park,
844-322-3246
As of 3/23/20, all concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Elephant Rocks State Park Effective at 5 p.m. on April 2, park and food service are closed through April 30.
Harry S Truman State Park Concessionaire is open for marina business only.
Lake Ozark State Park - Marina Concessionaire is open for marina business only.
Lake Wappapello State Park,
573-297-3817
As of 3/23/20, all concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Meramec State Park,
573-468-6519
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Montauk State Park,
573-548-2434
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging, retail and restaurant operations are temporarily suspended.
Pomme de Terre State Park,
636-222-8602 or 417-852-1031
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020. Marina operations will open April 17, operating on weekends only.
Roaring River State Park,
417-847-2330
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging, store and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Sam A. Baker State Park,
573-856-4223
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Sedalia/Katy Depot As of 3/18/20, closed to the public.
Stockton State Park,
417-276-5329
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Table Rock State Park As of 4/6/20, Marina store closed through 4/25/20. 
Thousand Hills State Park,
660-665-7119
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.
Washington State Park,
636-586-2995
As of 3/23/20, concessionaire lodging and food service will be temporarily suspended from March 27 through April 30, 2020.

 

Group And Event Reservations of More Than 10

As of 3/20/20, all group reservations and events, including third-party private group reservations and events, of more than 10 people at our parks and sites are canceled through April 30. This includes reservations for group camps, open/enclosed shelters, special events, programs and special use camping. Missouri state parks are not accepting new reservations for special events, programs, shelters, group camps and special use camping areas though April 30.

View Governor Parson’s executive order to require social distancing here.

Visitor Centers and Park/Site Offices

As of 3/20/20, visitor centers, park offices and site offices are temporarily closed to walk-in foot traffic through April 30. This includes suspension of equipment rentals (i.e. kayaks, bikes, recreational equipment). Missouri State Parks staff will be available on-site and by phone to answer questions. Signs posted on the doors will direct visitors to restrooms and other services, and provide a phone number for visitors to contact staff.

Reservations for Group Camps, Open/Enclosed Shelters, Special Use Camping

As of 3/20/20, per the recommendation of the CDC, reservations for group camps, open and enclosed shelters and special use camping of more than 10 people should be canceled. Reservations with 10 or less people are strongly encouraged to cancel. No new reservations will be taken for shelters, group camps or special use camping through April 30. This is subject to change based on CDC recommendations.

Third-Party Events

As of 3/20/20, per the recommendation of the CDC, third-party events at our parks and sites with more than 10 people in attendance should be postponed or canceled through April 30. Third-party events with 10 or less people in attendance are strongly encouraged to postpone or cancel. This is subject to change based on CDC recommendations.


Special Events, On- and Off-Site Programs, Tours

As of 3/13/20, park and site special events, including both on- and off-site programming, sponsored by Missouri State Parks are postponed or canceled through April 30.

As of 3/13/20, all planned group tours or school groups, including tours at the Missouri state Capitol, are temporarily suspended through April 30.

As of 3/16/20, all indoor guided tours, including tours of historic buildings and caves are suspended through April 30. Self-guided tours of visitor centers, museums and nature centers remain open at this time.

The team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effects in Missouri. While safety, stewardship and service are all very important to Missouri State Parks, safety is the top priority.