Big Lake State Park

Park Information

Cool waters and abundant wildlife make Big Lake State Park a place to get away in northwest Missouri. Visitors can canoe and jet ski on the state's largest oxbow lake that adjoins the park or watch for smooth soft-shelled turtles lazing away the day in the park's marsh. Big Lake is a wetland that migrating birds use as a resting stop, affording bird watchers an unparalleled opportunity to see yellow-headed blackbirds, blue herons, soras and rails. Take advantage of the camping  and lodging opportunities while you are there. 

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, year-round.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    March through May 14 and September through October
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    May 15 through August
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • There will be times when the office is temporarily closed while staff are working on the grounds.