state parks

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Just before Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon left office he announced the purchase of thousands of acres of land to be made into state parks. These parks –– Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon State Park –– are spread out across the state. You can’t visit any of these parks though. They’re closed indefinitely.

After the election of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds County was closed and the others never opened.

Missouri House Approves Plans for Repair Projects

May 7, 2015
missouri house floor
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The Missouri House gave final approval today to a plan for roughly $300 million in bonds for state building and higher education repair projects.

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources temporarily shut down the beaches at three state parks this week. Samples showed elevated levels of bacteria in the water. The affected beaches are located at Finger Lakes Park in Columbia, Harry S. Truman Park in Warsaw and Wakonda Park in La Grange.

Thousand Hills Park in Kirksville was closed because of flooding.

People who go camping at state parks in Missouri can now add laptops and iPads to their lists of camping gear and supplies.

Prior to this year, only Bennett Spring State Park had WiFi service, which was used mainly for live trout cameras during trout season.  Renee Bungart with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says WiFi service has now been expanded to eleven state park campgrounds.