News Release 155

Temps stay hot; Missouri's State Park beaches stay cool and relaxing

Volume 39-155 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Although the temperatures outside have taken a step back from their recent record-setting levels, summer seems intent on keeping up the heat, and Missouri State Parks is intent on making sure Missourians have an alternative to sweating by offering opportunity for aquatic amusement.

Missouri State Parks offers 17 swimming beaches throughout the state for a day of fun in the water.

Once again, weekly water sampling showed that all state parks beaches met their weekly water quality standards as set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and will be open and welcoming visitors.

The beaches at two parks, Lewis and Clark State Park in Buchanan County and Trail of Tears State Park, Cape Girardeau County, remain closed for maintenance unrelated to water quality. Visit for additional information.

The department samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.

Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive free electronic notices about the status of state park beaches by visiting the department’s website at In addition, visitors may continue to check the state park beach status on the department’s website at as well as

Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri's 86 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless. For more information about Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, visit