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.

VISITOR CENTERS AND OFFICES BEGIN TO CAUTIOUSLY REOPEN

Beginning in June, visitor centers, park offices and site offices will open with limited services and programming. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures to better facilitate appropriate social distancing and improve the safety of operations for Missouri State Parks’ guests and staff as additional services are restored.

These safety measures include:

  • Limited hours of operation
  • Limited building capacity with restrictions on the number of people allowed in a building at any given time
  • Limited number of participants in tour groups
  • One-way foot traffic on trails and in high traffic areas
  • Frequent cleaning of high traffic areas
  • Frequent cleaning of restrooms
  • Frequent cleaning of payment areas
  • Outdoor programing with a 6-feet distance from others

Visitors should review signage posted throughout the parks and state historic sites, and diligently follow the guidelines for the health and safety of others. Come prepared to enjoy the outdoors responsibly by following the guidance provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay home.
  • Keep a minimum distance of six feet between you and others.
  • Avoid crowded areas and groups of people.
  • Stay close-to-home and travel with only those from your household.
  • Come prepared and carry hand sanitizers, soaps, wipes and water.
  • Avoid handshakes, hugs and touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Follow any guidance or signage posted at the park or site.

Missouri State Parks staff will be available on-site and by phone to answer questions. For more information on specific details for each park and site, including visitor centers, museums or office hours, click here.

CAMPGROUNDS AND PARK-RUN LODGING ARE OPEN

As of 3 p.m., Monday May 18, Missouri State Parks campgrounds are open to accommodate existing campground reservations. 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. All pools and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

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.
  • 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 OPEN – DAILY PERMITS REQUIRED

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.

CONCESSIONAIRE LODGING, DINING, RETAIL AND MARINA OPERATIONS BEGIN TO CAUTIOUSLY REOPEN

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. Restaurant is open for dine in and carry out from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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 are fully open while following all social distance guidelines and cleaning protocols. 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 open and following all social distancing guidelines.
Lake Ozark State Park - Marina Remains open for marina business following all social distancing guidelines.
Lake Wappapello State Park,
573-297-3817
Lodging operations are fully open and following all social distancing guidelines. The store and watercraft rental will remain closed for the season. 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 and lodging operations are fully open and food service operations are open 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
Lodging and marina operations, including to-go food service are fully open while following all social distancing guidelines. See http://www.mofunparks.com/ for more information.
Roaring River State Park,
417-847-2330
Lodging, retail, food operations and convention center are open 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 June 1, 2020, limited operations will begin following all social distancing guidelines. 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, retail and marina operations are fully open and 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. 

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.

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.