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Lewis and Clark State Park

Park Information

The Lewis and Clark Expedition headed west in 1804 and encountered a lake that William Clark described as “full of Geese & Goslings.” Today, that lake is Lewis and Clark Lake, which is bordered by Lewis and Clark State Park. The park’s broad open spaces and easy water access make it a favorite for families who take advantage of the boat ramp and swimming beach. Bird watchers come to Lewis and Clark to watch geese, great blue herons and snowy egrets flock to the oxbow lake.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:
7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily

Park Office hours

Staff are usually in the park daily. The office telephone is monitored for messages during daytime hours, as well as on evenings and weekends. 

As temperatures rise in the spring, it’s important to “be bear aware”. The American black bear population is increasing in Missouri and you may be fortunate enough to see one in their natural setting. Spring is the time when black bears emerge from their dens in search of food following the deep sleep of winter’s hibernation. The bear will forage for fruits, nuts, berries and other foods in the early spring. Their feeding habits will increase as food becomes more plentiful. Please remember that it’s important not to approach any wildlife you may see in our parks. Visit http://mostateparks.com/page/58934/be-bear-aware for 10 ways to safely share Missouri State Parks with this majestic creature and be bear aware.