News Release 275

Missouri State Parks beaches beckon those seeking relief from the heat

Volume 39-275 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 3, 2011 – As the heat continues to have Missourians scrambling for shade, fans and whatever source of respite they can find, Missouri State Parks encourages guests to cool off with a splash at any one of its 19 state park beaches that are open for visitors.

All of Missouri’s state parks beaches are open to visitors with the exception of the beach at Lewis and Clark State Park in northwest Missouri, which is closed due to flooding.

The water at all designated beaches in the state park system is sampled weekly during the recreational season by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to determine suitability for swimming. Water samples taken Monday showed all of the beaches easily met the department’s water quality standards.

Information about current status of beaches at other parks is available on the website at Signs indicating the status of the beaches are posted at the beaches as well.

Missouri State Parks maintains a list of alerts and advisories at to notify the public when beaches or other facilities at state parks are unavailable.

Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri’s 85 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless.