Camping – State Parks

As we approach Spring, thoughts of planning your camping trips for the summer may start to form.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced they are preparing for the 2021 camping season, which typically begins April 1. To help guarantee a safe and enjoyable camping experience, the following new and updated procedures have been implemented.

To ensure a camping spot, campers are strongly encouraged to make a reservation prior to arrival at the park. Most campgrounds are fully reservable and any campsites not reserved are available on a walk-in registration basis. Campers must pay the camping rate prior to occupying the site.

Missouri State Parks’ contactless self-check-in feature remains available to customers with reservations on their day of arrival.

Shower-houses and modern restrooms are available during the park’s camping season. Regular cleaning schedules will be posted at the park. Firewood and ice are available for purchase during operating hours. For more information on specific hours, please contact the park or historic site office directly.

State park and historic site day-use areas are open. Playgrounds, trails, boat launches, and picnic areas are also open, as are some indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums, and offices.

The DNR recommends checking their website,, for the latest updates on reservations, check-in procedures; and their park and site status map before heading out.

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