News Release 402

Amateur photographers tour planned July 25 at Onondaga Cave State Park

Volume 38-402 (For immediate release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 9, 2010 – Amateur “shutter bugs” will have the opportunity to photograph some of Onondaga Cave’s best features on a special photo tour to be held July 25 at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Amateur photographers are invited to join park staff for a picture perfect tour of Onondaga Cave. Ample time will be allowed to photograph some of the cave’s best features, including formations such as Queen’s Canopy, Twins, Lily Pad Room and Rock of Ages.         Advance reservations for this tour are required. Participants must bring their own cameras and equipment. Conditions in the cave include limited lighting, concrete walkways, metal handrails, cool temperatures and high humidity.  The walk is semi-strenuous, involves several hills, will take approximately three hours and is just under one mile. Participants should dress appropriately and wear shoes with good tread (no flip flops or heels). The tour is limited to 30 people. Regular cave tour fees apply to this tour, which are $12 for adults and $7 for kids ages six to 12.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H.  For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit