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Sam A. Baker State Park

Park Information

It only takes a few minutes to fall in love with Sam A. Baker State Park. The cool waters of the St. Francois River and Big Creek frame a wooded setting with trails that range from easy to challenging. Ancient mountains, towering trees, and fresh air are hallmarks of the park. Rustic cabins, a campground, a separate campground for equestrians, and a lodge with good country cookin’ round out the Sam A. Baker experience.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

7 a.m. - 10 p.m. , year-round

Park Office hours

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday as staff are available, year-round

Visitor Center hours

Visitor and Nature Center

  • April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • November through March
    Closed

Camp Fee Office

  • April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • November through March
    Closed
    NOTE: Camping fees are collected at the campsite by park staff.

Address

Rt. 1 Box 18150
Patterson, MO 63956-9729

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (573) 856-4411
  • Lodging/Store: (573) 856-4223
  • Dining: (573) 856-4224
  • Nature Center: (573) 856-4514
  • Camp Fee Office: (573) 856-4424
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.