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Camping Rules and Regulations

The following rules are designed to help visitors enjoy their stay. For more information or assistance, please contact any of the park staff or the campground hosts located in the campground.

In addition to the rules listed below, many parks contain rules and policies specific to the individual park and its resources. Please call the individual park to inquire of specific rules and, upon your arrival, check the park's bulletin boards for additional rules.

  • State park and historic site campgrounds are intended for recreational camping only. Campsites cannot be used for day-use only. 
  • Camp only in designated campsites.
  • Camping is limited to any 15 days within a 30-consecutive day period at any one park.
  • Check-in procedures are outlined on the campground entrance sign and apply to all camping customers.  Camping fees and collection procedures for each park are posted at several locations.
  • A "no vacancy" sign implies that all first-come, first-served sites are rented for the night, and that all reservable sites are paid in full and reserved for the night. Reservation customers are permitted to arrive any time within the first 24 hours of their stay. This results in some reserved sites remaining empty for the first night when the customer chooses to arrive the next morning. The park or historic site is obligated to hold the reserved site for 24 hours.
  • Exceeding campsite capacity limits may result in camper having to acquire another site, paying additional camping fees or eviction from the campground.  Visit the Campsite Capacity page for details. If in doubt, please consult with park staff to determine your needs before you secure only one campsite.
  • Only one electrical user is allowed per electric campsite.
  • All vehicles and trailers must be on paved or graveled surfaces except as otherwise permitted. The physical design capacity of the site may not be exceeded.
  • Unless the customer holds the reservation, sites marked as reservable may not be occupied without approval of the campground attendant. 
  • A camping day begins at 3 p.m. each day. Check-out time for all campers is 2 p.m. on the last day of your stay.
  • A camper may hold one other available site for another camper expected to arrive before 3 a.m. The fee for this site must be paid, property placed on the site and the permit posted.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators are prohibited during these hours, and some parks do not allow generators at any time. Excessive volumes on radios, televisions, musical instruments, etc. will be enforced.  Shutdown of these items may be necessary depending on your proximity to other campers and how densely other campsites are occupied.  Outside of quiet hours, be considerate of your camping neighbors who are seeking a peaceful outdoor experience and keep noise to a minimum.
  • All non-camping visitors must leave by 10 p.m.
  • The use of electrical insect-killing devices is prohibited.
  • Campsites designed for persons with disabilities may be occupied by other campers only with the permission of the campground attendant, and may only be reserved by or for a person with a disability. 
  • No personal property may be left unattended longer than 24 hours.
  • Solicitation or selling any item (including resale of a campsite) is strictly prohibited.
  • Gathering firewood in the park or historic site is strictly prohibited.
  • Campfires are the responsibility of the camper and are restricted to fire rings or grills provided. Burning trash in the fire ring or grill is strictly prohibited.
  • The discharging of firearms, BB guns, paintball guns, bow and arrows, sling shots or any devices that use burning powder, explosives, compressed gases, etc. is prohibited.
  • Pack wisely and bring reusable containers to lessen the amount of trash you generate. Some parks abide by a "carry-in, carry-out" trash policy, while others provide trash receptacles and recycle bins. Please take every opportunity to recycle when you can.
  • As a courtesy to other visitors, it is recommended you bring no more than two dogs per campsite. Visit the Enjoying Missouri State Parks with your Pet page for additional information.  Pets must be kept on leashes no longer than 10 feet and under control at all times.  The use of a shock collar or other electronic device does not meet these requirements. Pet waste bags are available in most locations and should be used for clean up.
  • Pets, other than service dogs used by persons with disabilities, are not allowed inside any buildings or structures except as otherwise permitted. Pets are not allowed in public swimming areas and beaches, in waters reserved for fishing or in certain limited areas.
  • Hanging lanterns or any other items from or in trees, trenching around tents, littering or discharging sewage or gray water on the ground is prohibited.
  • Do not pick or dig up plants, disturb or feed animals or scavenge dead wood.
  • Substantial personal property is a licensed vehicle, trailer, tent, dining fly, etc. and is a courtesy to other campers to clearly identify the site is occupied. Lawn chairs, tablecloths, coolers, etc. are not considered substantial personal property.
  • Temporary swimming pools are prohibited in the park, including the campground.