State Parks Begin Reopening May 18

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that state parks will begin to open in phases on May 18.

Parks will honor any campground reservations that have already scheduled for May 18 starting at 3 p.m.. Also on May 18, they will begin to take reservations for camping sites for dates starting on May 26.

“We are happy to be able to reopen our campgrounds and provide another outdoor recreational opportunity for our visitors, but, as you might expect, our guests will see some changes,” Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement. “We hope all of our visitors will continue to be respectful of others, practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and do their part to help keep our parks and historic sites safe and clean.”

Parks will require social distancing along with these additional measures:

  • Reservations will be required prior to arrival.
  • Campground occupancy will be limited at some parks and sites.
  • Missouri State Parks will increase the frequency of cleaning shower houses and restrooms.
  • Campers will use a new contactless, self-check-in feature.
  • There will be occupancy restrictions in shower houses and restrooms.
  • Missouri State Parks will only accept credit and debit cards.

“We know people are ready to get outdoors, but we all need to practice social distancing when we do,” Missouri State Parks Director Mike Sutherland said. “The safety of our dedicated parks team and the enjoyment of our visitors depends on all of us being responsible, whether we are indoors or outdoors. If an area or trail is crowded, we hope visitors will use that as an opportunity to explore a new area or trail that is less crowded.”

The new contactless check-in feature will have campers receiving an email from MO State Parks on how to access online reservations. Each campsite will have a QR code to scan via cell phone. State park staff will be available if there are issues with the self check-in.

If you want to reserve any Missouri State Park campsite starting May 18, visit the MO State Park website.

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