FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2020
Missouri State Parks extends temporary campground closures through May 3
Events, programming and group reservations also suspended
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, April 17, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the extension of the statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order, Missouri State Parks is extending temporary closures of campgrounds, park-run lodging, offices and visitor centers and extending the suspension of special events and programming through May 3. This suspension includes Missouri State Parks special events, including both on- and off-site programming, third party events, group reservations and guided tours.
Missouri State Park visitor centers, offices, campgrounds and lodging will remain closed through May 3. Most state parks and state historic sites will remain open for day-use, with the exception of temporary closures at five state parks to address overcrowding and concerns regarding public safety.
State park temporary closures through May 3 include the following:
- The temporary closure of Castlewood State Park
- The temporary closure of Elephant Rocks State Park
- The temporary closure of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site and Park
- The temporary closure of Weston Bend State Park
- The temporary closure of the off-road vehicle riding area at St. Joe State Park
Gates to individual parking lots may close at all state parks when the lot is near capacity.
For questions regarding state park or historic site campground or park-run lodging, please call the Reservation Call Center at 1-877-422-6766. The call center is open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST.
For an existing reservation with concessionaire lodging, please contact them directly at the phone number listed below:
Sam A. Baker State Park 573-856-4223
Bennett Spring State Park 417-532-4307
Echo Bluff State Park 844-322-3246
Lake Wappapello State Park 573-297-3817
Meramec State Park 573-468-6519
Montauk State Park 573-548-2434
Pomme de Terre State Park 636-222-8602 or 417-852-1031
Roaring River State Park 417-847-2330
Stockton State Park 417-276-5329
Thousand Hills State Park 660-665-7119
Washington State Park 636-586-2995
For the latest actions taken by Missouri State Parks in response to COVID-19, visit mostateparks.com/response. Missourians are encouraged to review information provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as it relates to COVID-19.
The team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effect in Missouri. While safety, stewardship and service are all very important to Missouri State Parks, safety is the top priority.
Missouri State Parks is committed to the safety of park guests, volunteers and staff. If you have any questions regarding Missouri State Parks events or programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.