MO State Parks, Thumbs UP!!!

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  1. mrtuba9

    mrtuba9 New Member

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    Okay, after bit*** about our stupid Governor...

    Meramec State Park and Table Rock State Park in Missouri have our nod. Great bathrooms (though we'll camp closer to one at Meramec, dear, I promise). Great camp monitoring by the rangers, and even the teens from Illinois that were *ahem* camping, were courteous and kept in check by the rangers no doubt. At Meramec, great cave (Fishers Cave) and great river float---don't forget to get out on the river and go into the cave on the float. At Table Rock, better shower house, and only a few chuckles when I gave my sweetie a kiss (forgot to put down the rear stab's!!!) and CLUNK!!! DS 1 and 2 didn't wake up; I put them down (the stabs) and we laughed. After all, the important stuff was done on my side---the tongue side.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Wink">.

    All in all, a tip o' the hat to Missouri!!!

    Now, Arkansas...you need more beer...

    Bob D.
    '95 Jayco Eagle 8
     
  2. missouritraveler

    missouritraveler New Member

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    Meramec is one of the hot spots in Missouri to camp. If you head down the highway a few more miles you can hit Onondaga SP which ranks right up there with Meramec. We have been camping close to home lately due to the rise in gas prices and both of these places are on our list along with Carlyle Lake in Illinois.

    Brent

    2007 Jayco 23B
    2005 Chevy Silverado 2500

    Edited by - missouritraveler on September 16 2008 09:25:51
     
  3. kirksvillecamper

    kirksvillecamper New Member

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    we live in north missouri and we have a state park in our county that we stay in a couple times a year. thousand hills state park. good place to stay, very nice and wooded. there is also another park about 30 miles south of us, long branch lake state park we are planning a trip to.
     
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  4. jrcspalomino

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    Missouri has MANY great state parks run by the MO Department of Natural Resources with campgrounds and there are many Army Corps of Engineers lake that also have campgrounds. Those places are great if you want the electricity and showers but.....

    The MO Department of Conservation runs a very large number of conservation areas statewide. These places are for wildlife and habitat conservation so there are often water features. Camping is authorized in many places and lots of them even have secluded campgrounds with vault toilets. I love conservation areas. They are not quite boondocking but much more "wild" than state parks. You have to watch when you go though because hunters can fill them up quickly during different hunting seasons.

    With MO having the Mark Twain National Forest (HUGE!) there are also dozens of National Parks Service campgrounds that are excellent.

    Ozark streams, lakes, hills, the oldest mountains in North America.....
    I think MO is very overlooked by people who enjoy the outdoors.
     
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  5. kirksvillecamper

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    yes i have been looking into the conservation land also. there are a lot of them in missouri
     
  6. TERBObob

    TERBObob GOT STRESS ? Go camping

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    IMO , Missouri has some of the FINEST CG's in the midwest . LOVE all the ones I've been to so far . [;)] And they have a LOT cleaner waters than the majority of Iowa has also .
     
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    They also have a great reservation system but you have to book early because it fills up quickly because they are so popular!
     
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    SHHHH!!! Dont tell everybody!!!! I'll never get a campsite! [:D] [:D]
     
  9. VonValterstein

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    I will try to visit a MO state park every year - just because of their easy online reservation system and the fact that you can see pictures of all the sites! They have earned my business [:D]
     
  10. kcsa75

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    I agree. We live in Kansas but really enjoy Southern Missouri in particular.
     
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  11. ScoobyDoo

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    New here, is it normal to get a warning about one of the newest threads in a section? Mo state parks, been around for a long time, and we just got a new one. (I am disappointed with the way the PO lost his land, but at least it did not go to Walmart or another for profit deal)

    After how many years, have we fixed the governor issue? :)
    After Labor day (when things should calm down some) of '12 I volunteered to host at Meramac. That was the last time I will go to that park. In the other parks I worked, if I saw a rule violation, advise camper of rules, and if the behavior did not change, the paid management or ranger would solve the problem. If ranger saw something, he would give warning, then ask me to check, let him know if he needed to come back. At Meramac, if management saw a problem, tell host. If host talks to camper, camper can complain to state, Manager CYA, all host fault. Plus management will pick and choose which rule and which camper must obey. For example, In Charge tells me "Go to site __, a car wheel is in grass" I'm "Okay, I'll talk to this MH, all the wheels on this side are in grass" "Oh no, he probably can't drive..." [?:~{] Loud music from a site, 1/4 mile away bothering me, (how many others that are closer?) That not a bunch of kids raising bell, that's a family reunion! [?:~{] [?:~{]
    Now it was years between post and when I was there and now. Any changes? I don't know, hope things shifted back, it was a nice park.

    I have used both; Thousand Hills is wonderful, Long Branch is not a great example of Mo parks IMHO. The sites are crowded together more than most. It is a good location for overnight if traveling US36. Maybe it is just the area makes my half ton feel inadequate, most of the tents came in 3/4 4X4s or larger [:D]

    A few years back, I was camped at Truman SP. A couple of sites down was a couple of sites with Ks plates. Ranger stopped, told them they needed to rearrange vehicles, get them off grass. They moved them, but lots of loud witching about it. Couple hours later, walking with fur kid, some came out to meet her. I asked if they had ever been to Clinton Lake? "Oh yes, that is closer, but this place is much nicer, so much shade" Do you know that driving under trees, over the roots, can kill the tree? And will kill the grass?
     
  12. kcsa75

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    We live in KC area, 45 minutes from Clinton but normally go to Pomona Lake near Lyndon, KS. Favorite spots in Missouri are Pomme de Terre and Table Rock, with an honorable mention to Taneycomo.
     
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  13. ScoobyDoo

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    I also live in the KC area, on the Mo side. For most of my working life, summer camping was raining Friday morning, load all but fresh food, and dogs, (much easier with the camper), head to Watkins Mill, Weston Bend, Wallace, or Lewis and Clark, find a site, call DW tell her where I am. She pack the cooler, and dogs when she got off work. When my work would let me plan a weekend off, make reservations at Truman about 1/2 the time, other state parks the rest of time. As for us going to a local Kansas park? Not very likely. When traveling, we spend where we are, but if we are close to home I prefer to spend in home state. Can not avoid paying taxes, but can hope the taxes I pay help buy what neighbors need...
     
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    I hate to say it but I have seen the most bad behavior from our St. Louis folk and yes they should have known not to park on the grass I saw a guy almost get thrown out because he had his boat on the grass! People can be such cads sometimes!!
     

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