Show-Me State offers countless ways to enjoy your time in the great outdoors.
In fact, the popular website About.com (owned by the New York Times) named
Missouri the best place for camping in the United States. No matter your sport
or hobby of choice, you’re sure to find it here. (Missouri’s trout season opens
March 1, thru October.)
up your rod and reel and head to beautiful Bennett Spring State Park. This park, located 12 miles west of Lebanon, boasts the third-largest
spring in the state – and plenty of excellent trout fishing. At the height of
the season, it’s very possible to catch a five-pound rainbow trout. (In 2008,
one lucky visitor snagged an 18-pounder!) Having too much fun to leave? Pitch
your tent at one of the park’s campsites.
fishing can be found at Montauk State Park, 21 miles southwest of Salem. Rainbow trout are abundant in the
stream created by the park’s seven springs. In addition to being an angler’s
paradise, Montauk offers biking, camping and picnicking.
the lake with the longest shoreline in Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks
provides a variety of big fishing opportunities, including (among others):
walleye; bluegill; catfish; crappie; and several types of bass. Lake of theOzarks State Park is a great destination for anglers and non-anglers. Other
activities within the park consist of horseback riding, camping, hiking and
miles southwest of Lawson, Watkins Mill State Park attracts fishing enthusiasts to its bright blue, 100-acre lake. Cast
your line for catfish, sunfish, bass and crappie. Visitors may camp, swim, hike
and picnic in the park. While there, take time to explore Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site. This three-story woolen mill is the only
American 19th-century textile mill with its original machinery intact.
the night amid fascinating, ancient history when you camp at Graham Cave State Park. Located about 15 minutes southwest of Montgomery City, the park is an
opportunity to step into the past; in Graham Cave, archaeologists discovered
artifacts left by people who lived there more than 10,000 years ago. Take a
walk through the pristine 386 acres – dotted by trees and streams – and you’ll
be following much the same path as ancient hunter-gatherers.
yourself in natural beauty when you set up camp at Hawn State Park. Located
about 20 miles southwest of Ste. Genevieve, Hawn enjoys a well-deserved
reputation as one of the state’s prettiest camping spots. Find the perfect site
among the towering pine trees and wild azaleas. The park holds many hiking
trails, as well as a 10-mile backpacking trail.
to talk turkey? It’s time for spring turkey hunting at Crowleys Ridge Conservation Area, 10 miles east of Puxico. Located in the scenic
Missouri Bootheel, the gently rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop for an
exciting hunt. Be sure to read and follow the Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations. (Youth season: April 6-7; Regular season: April
Rebel’s Cove Conservation Area, about six miles north of Livonia, also offers spring
turkey hunting. Additionally, Rebel’s Cove is an ideal place for
wildlife-watching, thanks to the unique habitat of the oxbow lakes and natural
NOTE: Do Not Carry
Your Own Firewood.
Many insects and diseases that kill trees and destroy forests travel in
firewood. Buy or gather firewood where you camp and burn it all or leave it