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Some Missouri parks reopen on Monday

Campgrounds and park-run lodging remain closed through May 18

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Several Missouri state parks will reopen for day-use on Monday.

Castlewood State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Weston Bend State Park and Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site and Park are scheduled to reopen to the public on May 11 after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Missouri State Parks is experiencing record crowds as people take advantage of the outdoor opportunities we have to offer,” said Mike Sutherland, director of the department's Division of State Parks. “We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation as we implement measures to minimize congestion and maintain social distancing at our facilities.”

Campgrounds and park-run lodging remain closed through May 18. If you have an existing reservation at a state park or historic site campground or park-run lodging through Sunday, May 17, you can modify or cancel your reservation at no charge by visiting www.icampmo.com or calling 877-422-6766 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Visitor centers, park offices and site offices, pools, beaches and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. This includes suspension of equipment rentals such as kayaks, bikes and recreational equipment.

All visitors must remain diligent and come prepared to enjoy the outdoors responsibly by following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Parson:

  • Keep a minimum distance of six feet between you and others.
  • Avoid crowded areas and groups of people.
  • Stay close-to-home and travel with only those from your household.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Come prepared and carry hand sanitizers, soaps, wipes and water.
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
  • Avoid touching your face, handshakes and hugs.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Be kind and considerate of others.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

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