Watkins Mill State Park
10
26600 Park Road North
Lawson, MO 64062
Phone: 816-580-3387
Park hours: Daily, dawn-dusk; Visitors Center hours: April-October: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; November and March: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; December-February: Fri., Sat., holiday Mondays: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Watkins Mill State Park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The most rugged portion of the land was created by the cutting action of Williams Creek. A 100-acre lake features an accessible fishing dock and a boat-launching area. Bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish are plentiful in the blue waters. The sandy swimming beach is a popular spot on a warm, sunny day, and a changehouse is available nearby.

The park offers abundant wildlife and plants. Visitors regularly see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other native animals. The bird population is abundant with a wide variety of species, some of which are only seen in northwestern Missouri.

The park contains Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, which features a three-story woolen mill, the only 19th century textile mill in North America with its original machinery still in place. The site is a National Historic Landmark, as well as a National Mechanical Engineering Historic Landmark.

The park is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.

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GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • open year-round
FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • ADA fully compliant
SMOKING POLICY
  • smoking allowed outdoors only
SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
  • All ages
ACTIVITIES ON-SITE OR WITHIN 10 MILES
  • fishing
  • boating
  • biking / walking trails
  • camping
PET POLICY
  • service animals welcome
  • pets on leash allowed
RATES
  • free admission
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