News Release 290

Beach at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site reopens

Volume 39-290 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 24, 2011 – The swimming beach at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site reopened today after water samples taken Monday were found to be well within the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ water quality standards for state park beaches.

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

The water at all designated beaches in the state park system is sampled weekly during the recreational season by the Department of Natural Resources to determine suitability for swimming.

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.

Other facilities at state parks may be unavailable to visitors. Missouri State Parks maintains a list of alerts and advisories at

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.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites and swimming beaches, visit