News Release 154

Missouri's State Park beaches offer relief from the heat

Volume 39-154 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Record high temperatures have settled in throughout much of Missouri. Missouri State Parks offers numerous opportunities for aquatic fun to help beat the heat and spend an enjoyable weekend with family and friends outdoors.

Missouri State Parks offers 17 swimming beaches throughout the state for a day of fun in the water.

Once again, weekly water sampling showed that all state parks beaches met their weekly water quality standards as set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and will be open and welcoming visitors.

From Watkins Mill State Park near Kansas City to Finger Lakes State Park in the middle of the state to Lake Wappapello State Park in the southeast area to many places in between, Missouri State Parks provide refreshing aquatic opportunities that are a convenient drive for most Missourians.

The beach at Lewis and Clark State Park in Buchanan County remains closed for continuing repairs related to last year’s flooding. The beach at Trail of Tears State Park in Cape Girardeau County remains closed while staff complete work on the lake’s dam. Visit mostateparks.com for additional information.

The department samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.

Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive free electronic notices about the status of state park beaches by visiting the department’s website at http://bit.ly/HlSnaG. In addition, visitors may continue to check the state park beach status on the department’s website at http://bit.ly/MoStateParksBeachStatus as well as mostateparks.com.

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 86 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless. For more information about Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, visit mostateparks.com.

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