Missouri State Parks COVID-19 Response

Updated 11/25/2020

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.

For more information on temporary closures for each park and site and other information that may impact your visit, view the Park and Site Status Map here.

Missouri state parks remain open; indoor spaces are closed temporarily

Missouri state parks and historic sites remain open, including day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. However, indoor spaces are temporarily closed, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices. Park and historic site outdoor spaces and amenities remain open and available under normal off-season status, unless otherwise designated.

While reservations are recommended, campsites are available on a walk-in registration basis at most Missouri State Parks campgrounds. Some parks offer reservation during the off-season period. For more information on camping, visit mostateparks.com/activity/camping.

Please be proactive in protecting yourself and others

When visiting a Missouri state park or historic site, visitors are strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns. Come prepared with hand sanitizer and bottled water, avoid large and congested crowds, and please stay home if sick. Face coverings are encouraged when social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and may be required by local orders.

Virtual Programming

While interpretive programming at parks and sites has been postponed, many parks and sites have virtual alternatives and are providing other opportunities, such as virtual tours, lesson plans and online programming for visitors, educators and families. Learn more about what is being offered at each location by calling the park or site office or following Missouri State Parks on Facebook.

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.