Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park

Park Information

Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff. We ask our visitors to view our Park Hours to confirm operating hours. A full list of temporary closures can be found here. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here.

Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park’s boundaries. The state’s American Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park’s Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. Trails lead visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area with views of the freshwater marsh and through bottomland and upland forests. The park’s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Park Grounds

  • 8 a.m. to sunset, daily
Lake Woolridge Road
  • November through March
    The road to Lake Wooldridge is closed.

Park Office hours

April through September (on-season)

Temporary Hours

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Thursday through Saturday

October through March (off-season)

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • Closed Monday through Friday (except holiday Mondays)

Please note that there will be times when the office is temporarily closed while staff are working on the grounds. The office telephone is monitored for messages during office hours.

Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Effective April 1, 2021, regular on-season hours will resume at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. The center will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Occupancy will be limited to 20 people inside at one time, and the audio-visual room will be limited to six people. Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. Disposable face coverings and a hand sanitizer station will be placed near the entrance.

Regular Hours

  • April through September (on-season)
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday
    Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • October through March (off-season)
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday (except holiday Mondays)