Watkins Mill State Park
13
26600 Park Road North
Lawson, MO 64062
Phone: 816-580-3387
Park hours: Daily, dawn-dusk; Visitors Center hours: See description.

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 change house 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.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • April-Oct.: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. and March: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Dec.-Feb.: Fri.-Sat. and holiday Mon., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • open year-round
  • gift / souvenir shop
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
  • equestrian trails
  • camping
PET POLICY
  • service animals welcome
  • pets on leash allowed
RATES
  • free admission
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