News Release 392

Day-use area at Lewis and Clark State Park reopens

Volume 38-392 (For immediate release)
Contact:  Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 30, 2010 – The day-use area at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville reopened Wednesday, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The campground will remain closed through July 5 as a precaution because of potential flooding.

The park was closed June 24 because of a potential for a nearby non-federal levee along the Missouri River to overtop. Portions of the day-use area that have reopened include the picnic area, the picnic shelter and the playgrounds. The boat launch area and swim beach remain closed because of high water on Lewis and Clark Lake.

“We are glad that we can reopen the day-use area of the park so people have a place to go to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend,” said Bill Bryan, director of the department’s Division of State Parks.

The campground will remain closed through July 5 and department officials are working with campers who have already made camping reservations to find them other accommodations at nearby parks with campgrounds. Assuming the park is not impacted by floodwaters, the campground will reopen on Tuesday, July 6.

Officials will continue to closely watch the forecasts and water levels to evaluate the situation and adjust as needed.

For current status information on Lewis and Clark State Park and all state parks and historic sites, visit