If you want to take your "best friend" on your best vacation, you can take advantage of our Cabins for Canines program. Beginning January 2012, Missouri state parks made certain lodging units available to people who want to travel and vacation with their dogs. The program includes units such as the Outpost cabins, camper cabins, yurts, single-unit cabins, fourplexes and duplexes. Approximately thirty percent of lodging units are available for owners with dogs while the remaining units are canine free.
Implementation of the Cabins for Canines program began Jan. 1, 2012, for state-operated facilities. Implementation of the program in lodging facilities operated by private concessionaires was phased in during 2012 based on availability and will be fully implemented in 2013.
The number of dogs allowed per unit is limited to two, regardless of size.
There is a minimum fee of $15 per dog ($10 in 2013), per night collected at check in. The per-dog, per-night fee may vary depending on the type of lodging unit chosen. An additional fee, at a minimum of $20 per hour, will be assessed when extra cleaning is required. Dog owners are responsible for any damages caused by their dogs.
Dogs should be attended at all times while inside the unit and at all locations in the park. When guests must leave the dog unattended, they should be placed in a crate or kennel. A crate or kennel will be provided for each unit free of charge as a courtesy to guests.
When taken outside the unit in the park, dogs must be on a secure leash not longer than 10 feet. Dogs should not be tied to building structures, fences, trees or vegetation.
Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs inside and outside the unit. Bring your own bags to pick up your dog's waste or pick up bags when you check in. The waste bags may be deposited in the park's garbage cans or dumpsters.
Dogs are allowed only in the designated lodging units and cannot be taken into any other park building. This program applies to canines that are not considered service animals assisting guests with disabilities. Service animals qualifying under ADA requirements are permitted in all facilities.
See the Cabins for Canines Locations list above for a list of parks with lodging facilities in the Cabins for Canines program.