News Release 101

Participate in the Great American Backyard Campout at Current River State Park

Volume 39-101 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Current River State Park is looking for eight adventurous families to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will be held on Saturday, June 22 and allow campers to spend the night in the park’s “backyard” along the Current River.

Participants will have the opportunity to camp with historic re-enactors, who will be demonstrating the camping methods used by early explorers of the Current River region. Campers will be able to participate in activities at the park including nature hikes, tours of the historic Alton Club facilities and a cane pole fishing tournament.

Campers will need to camp in tents and be prepared to cook on one of the park’s grills or on a grill of their own. The park will provide a large communal fire ring and firewood for a bonfire and campfire activities. Shower and restroom facilities will be available. Campers will need to bring their own drinking water.

Current River State Park’s Great American Backyard Campout is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge.

To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Current River State Park is located 25 miles south of Salem or 15 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19. Reservations will be required for the event. For reservations or for additional information about the event, contact the park directly at 573-858-3015. For more information about Missouri State Parks, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.