Missouri State Parks COVID-19 Response

Thank you for your continued support of Missouri State Parks. We will continue to update this page as more information is available. While state parks and historic sites are open for day-use, capacity will be monitored closely in order to prevent overcrowding. If nearing capacity, parking lots may close temporarily.

CAMPGROUNDS AND PARK-RUN LODGING BEGIN PHASED OPENING MAY 18

As of 3 p.m., Monday May 18, Missouri State Parks campgrounds are open to accommodate existing campground reservations. In addition, new reservations can be made for arrival dates beginning Tuesday, May 26. Campers also should be aware that reservations will now be required at most campgrounds and park-run lodging prior to arrival, and can be made up until 7 p.m. CST the day before arrival. First-come, first-serve camping will no longer be available at most state park campgrounds.

Missouri State Parks will also be instituting a number of changes related to campground operations to better facilitate appropriate social distancing and improve the safety of operations for Missouri State Parks’ guests and our staff.

The additional measures include the following:

  • Reservations will be required prior to arrival.
  • Campground occupancy will be limited at some parks and sites.
  • Missouri State Parks will increase the frequency of cleaning shower houses and restrooms.
  • Campers will use a new contactless, self-check-in feature.
  • There will be occupancy restrictions in shower houses and restrooms.
  • Missouri State Parks will only accept credit and debit cards.

To see the full media release, click here.

To learn more about the new contactless self-check-in feature, click here.

To view a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

ST. JOE STATE PARK OFF ROAD VEHICLE (ORV) RIDING AREA REOPENS MAY 18

As of Monday, May 18, the off road vehicle (ORV) riding area at St. Joe State Park is open. In order to ensure proper social distancing, park visitors will need to purchase same-day ORV permits online in advance. Daily ORV permits must be purchased online here before arriving to the park. Permits may only be purchased for same-day use. The capacity of ORV permits sold will be limited in order to allow space for proper social-distancing in the staging area parking lot.

Know before you go and be sure to check out the latest individual park advisories related to COVID-19 here.

Trout Park Updates - Trout Tags Required May 16

As of Saturday, May 16, daily trout tags, along with a fishing license, unless exempt, are required for trout fishing at our three trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park. Daily trout tags are $4 for adults and $3 for those 15 years of age or younger. More information can be found here: https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-works-safely-reopen-facilities-closed-covid-19

CONCESSIONAIRE LODGING, DINING, RETAIL AND MARINA OPERATIONS TO BEGIN REOPENING MONDAY, MAY 4

As of Monday, May 4, concession-operated lodging, dining, marina and retail operations began to reopen at the discretion of the individual concessionaires and following Governor Parson’s recommended guidelines.

See the list below for the status of concessionaire lodging, dining and retail. For an existing reservation with concessionaire lodging, please contact them directly at the phone number listed below.

Arrow Rock Tavern Concessionaire restaurant, J. Huston Tavern, is temporarily closed for the 2020 season. See http://hustontavern.com/ for more information.
Bennett Spring State Park,
417-532-4307
Lodging, retail and food operations reopened May 15, 2020 on a limited capacity following all social distancing guidelines. Watercraft rental and pool operations will remain temporarily closed. See http://www.bennettspringstatepark.com/bennettspring/index.jsp for more information.
Echo Bluff State Park,
844-322-3246
Lodging, retail and food operations reopened May 4, 2020 on a limited capacity following all social distancing guidelines. See https://echobluffstatepark.com/ for more information.
Elephant Rocks State Park As of Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the food service will be operational on Wednesday through Sunday during park hours and weather dependent.
Harry S Truman State Park Remains open for marina business following all social distancing guidelines.
Johnson Shut-Ins State Park Retail operations are scheduled to open later this spring.
Lake Ozark State Park - Marina Remains open for marina business following all social distancing guidelines.
Lake Wappapello State Park,
573-309-3333
Lodging and retail operations reopened May 8, 2020 on a limited capacity following all social distancing guidelines. Watercraft rental will remain temporarily closed. See http://breakinwavesrentals.com/ for more information.
Meramec State Park,
573-468-6519
Lodging and retail operations reopened May 4, 2020, with limited food service beginning on May 8, 2020 following all social distancing guidelines See https://www.meramecpark.com/index.php for more information.
Montauk State Park,
573-548-2434
Retail operations partially reopened May 4, 2020 and lodging and food service reopened May 8, 2020 on a limited capacity following all social distancing guidelines. See https://montauklodge.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/MontaukLodge/ for more information.
Pomme de Terre State Park,
417-852-1031
Reopened May 4, 2020 for lodging, continuing weekend marina operations, including to-go food service while following all social distancing guidelines. See http://www.mofunparks.com/ for more information.
Roaring River State Park,
417-847-2330
Lodging, retail and food operations reopened May 15, 2020 on a limited capacity following all social distancing guidelines. Pool operations will remain temporarily closed. See http://www.roaringriverstatepark.org/roaringriver/index.jsp for more information.
Sam A. Baker State Park,
573-856-4223
Lodging and retail operations will open May 4, 2020, with limited food service beginning on May 8, 2020 following all social distancing guidelines. See https://www.samabaker.com/ for more information.
Sedalia/Katy Depot As of March 18, 2020, closed to the public. See https://www.katydepotsedalia.com/sedalia-katy-depot for more information.
Stockton State Park,
417-276-5329
Marina business and boat rentals, lodging and retail will open May 4, 2020, following all social distancing guidelines. See http://www.stocktonstateparkmarina.com/lodging/ for more information.
Table Rock State Park Marina business and boat rentals will open May 4, 2020, following all social distancing guidelines. See https://www.stateparkmarina.com/ for more information.
Thousand Hills State Park,
660-665-7119
Lodging reopened on May 4, 2020. Food service reopened on Friday, May 8, 2020, with marina operations reopened for weekends beginning May 8, 2020, following all social distancing guidelines. See https://www.thousandhillskirksville.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ThousandHillsKirksville/ for more information.
Washington State Park,
636-586-2995

Lodging, float trips, watercraft rental and concessionaire operations reopen May 4, 2020, following all social distancing guidelines. The swimming pool will remain closed for the 2020 season. See https://www.missouriparkadventures.com/ for more information. 

VISITOR CENTERS, OFFICES, POOLS AND PLAYGROUNDS TO REMAIN CLOSED

Visitor centers, park offices and site offices, pools and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. 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.

TOURS AND PROGRAMMING SUSPENDED

Tours and programming (both on- and off-site) will remain suspended until further notice.

RESERVATIONS FOR GROUP CAMPS, OPEN/ENCLOSED SHELTERS, SPECIAL USE CAMPING AND THIRD-PARTY EVENTS SUSPENDED

Reservations for group camps, open and enclosed shelters, special-use camping and third party events of more than 10 people are suspended until further notice.

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. 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.

COME PREPARED AND KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

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.
  • If you’re planning to visit a state park, choose a state park close-to-home or in your local area.

For more information on how you can stay healthy and help flatten the curve, click here.