Park Trails

at Lewis and Clark State Park

Gosling Lake Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.10 miles View map

Trail Rating: Easy

the interpretive plaza at Lewis and Clark State ParkGosling Lake Trail derives its name from Gosling Lake, the name members of the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition gave the oxbow lake after observing many flocks of geese on its surface. Today, the trail provides visitors with a level walking path to explore the park, including a loop around the former fish hatchery. Hikers will see river bottom habitats that include both wooded areas and open fields, providing a perfect setting for a large number of native and migratory bird species. The trail begins at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Plaza, where visitors can learn about the expedition’s epic journey up the Missouri River. When using the secondary trailhead at the campground, the trail distance is 1.30 miles. The majority of the trail is gravel/compacted limestone with a short paved section leading from the campground.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface – dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Road/Highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map.
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.10 miles 30 minutes Loop Yellow 1) At the interpretive plaza; 2) at the campground