January 2019

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Jan. 11, 2019

Welcome Back to Our E-Friends

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Missouri State Parks is excited to be re-introducing our e-friends newsletter. Thank you for supporting State Parks. Every month you will receive your e-friends newsletter filled with updates about what is happening in Missouri State Parks. This month learn about a few of our maintenance and repair projects and our new military discount on camping stays. Plus, don't forget to make your reservation for 2019 Trout Opening March 1.

Maintenance and Repair

Missouri State Parks is addressing maintenance and repair issues challenging many of our 91 state parks and historic sites. State Parks has established an asset-based management system for our structures, as well as a tracking system for our improvements, maintenance and repair work and improvements. When you are out and about in state parks and historic sites, you might see one of our new signs letting the public know a maintenance and repair project is going on and when to expect its completion.


maintenance and repair sign
Thousand Hills dining deck

Twenty-three projects were completed during Fiscal Year 18. Here are just a few. Lakeside Dining at Thousand Hills State Park got a new dining deck. The park concessionaire paid for the deck and state park construction crews built it. This deck project is a great example of a public and private partnership.

mudlick mountain grill

Sam A. Baker State Park celebrated the opening of the new Mudlick Mountain Grill. The new grill, which was added to the existing park store, was built as a Leasehold Improvement in partnership with the park concessionaire. The grill is already out-performing the former dining lodge, which is being refurbished to a family cabin that provides another lodging option for guests.


WWI memorial garden


Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site dedicated the World War I Commemorative Garden. The garden was a partnership between the Pershing Park Memorial Association and Missouri State Parks. Deutschheim State Historic Site’s visitor’s center has been renovated and will host a grand opening later this year.

Military Discount for Camping

To honor the brave men and women how have served and are currently serving our country, Missouri State Parks has established a military discount on camping stays. This discount program is now live in the Missouri State Parks’ reservation system and begins with camping stays starting April 1, 2019. Any retired, veteran or active-duty military personnel, as well as family members of active-duty military personnel, can receive $2 off a night when camping at a Missouri State Park or State Historic Site. The discount is applied at the time the reservation is made and when verification of military or veteran status is presented upon arrival at the park.

With a little help from our friends...

Missouri State Parks is fortunate to have various friends groups supporting state parks and historic sites. Through these partnerships, amazing things happen at state parks and historic sites. The Friends of Arrow Rock is one such group.


J Huston Tavern ceremony

Missouri State Parks had been running the historic J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site since 2013. To keep the tavern operating so it would remain the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi, State Parks entered into an agreement with the Friends of Arrow Rock to have the friends group manage the J. Huston Tavern while parks will continue to assist with utilities, equipment and maintenance. 


Go to http://friendsofarrowrock.org/ to learn more about the Friends of Arrow Rock.

Trout Opening - Friday, March 1

Trout season is coming fast. Do you know at which park you will be? Come to Montauk State Park, Bennett Spring State Park or Roaring River State Park Friday, March 1 to be a part of this year's trout opening. To make a reservation at one of our parks, go to mostateparks.com

trout fishing

Did you know...

Battle of Pilot Knob

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site used to be called Fort Davidson State Historic Site? All other Civil War historic sites were named Battle of...State Historic Site. There was also confusion with the name of the site being Fort Davidson and the tri-annual reenactment being called the Battle of Pilot Knob. To be consistent with other civil war battle sites and to lessen confusion, the site changed its name to the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site before the 2014 reenactment. Incidentally there was a large increase in attendance that year for the reenactment. Coincidence? 

Upcoming Events

  • January and February - After the Battle Exhibit at Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site
  • Jan. 19 - Bald Eagle Viewing at Roaring River State Park
  • Feb. 2 - Guided Bison Hike at Prairie State Park
  • Feb. 16 - Flyway Day at Lewis and Clark State Park

For an entire list of Missouri State Parks upcoming events go to mostateparks.com.