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Missouri State Parks Add Yurts to the Camping Experience

A late afternoon storm rolled in off the lake. Rain came down in waves and wind lashed the wooded bluff at the water’s edge, but I was snug as a bug in my yurt.

Pomme de Terre State Park in southwest Missouri has added two rental yurts to a campground at its Pittsburg area on the west side of the park. The campground is on a peninsula, and the yurts sit close to a bluff overlooking the lake.

Trail of Tears State Park Ready for Swimmers

Killdeer chicks raced noisily along the sand beach. A beaver glided on the glassy surface, then dove for cover with a slap of its tail. The only people watching at Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park on this early spring evening was a father and son strolling the shoreline.

That will change next month when one of southeast Missouri’s favorite swimming beaches and fishing holes fully reopens after being closed for complete renovation and repair after a 12-inch rain in 2008 extensively damaged the lake’s manmade dam. 

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One of southeast Missouri’s favorite swimming beaches and fishing holes fully reopens later this month.

Historic Camp Pin Oak Lodge Rises from the Ashes

Destroyed by fire, the stone-and-timber Camp Pin Oak Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park has been rebuilt with the same craftsmanship displayed by its original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew in the 1930s.

The workers on the project are students participating in an innovative partnership with State Fair Community college, trading their labor for construction experience and college credit hours.

Holidays and history at Missouri State Parks

By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

How’s this for a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts.

That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event recreates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, Odile, lived in the house.

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Experience Missouri's history by visiting our state parks during the holiday season


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