The OFFICIAL page for Washington State Park, located in DeSoto, MO. Washington State Park is located in Washington County Missouri along Highway 21 between Potosi and DeSoto.
The park offers users a multitude of experiences in nature, history and recreation. The state park system is composed of 92 parks and historic sites managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources for the benefit of all Missourians. This forum is for speech related to Missouri State Parks. The views, opinions and positions expressed by users providing comments on this page are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Missouri State Parks or any employee thereof.
Operating as usual
Mark your calendars for the return of one of the park’s most popular events – the Twilight Trek and Taste! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022. More details on the event and a reservation link will follow soon!
Enhancements Inc. in Potosi is hosting an Electronics, Appliance, and Tire Collection on March 5, 2022. See the flyer for details as some fees may apply.
March 1 is a special day for Missouri State Parks and Missouri trout anglers! Join Superintendent Mike Busekrus and Regional Director Justin Adams as they cover everything you need to know about opening day with special guests from the trout parks. Missouri’s catch-and-keep trout fishing season officially begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon and Montauk State Park near Salem.
The upcoming Celebrate CCC Company 1743 (scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2022) has been cancelled due to the incoming winter weather.
Canceled: Celebrate CCC Company 1743 | Missouri State Parks This event has been canceled.
Bring school and youth groups to Missouri state parks and historic sites with a bus grant. Available to public school districts, private schools, charter schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations with 501(c) 3 status. Apply for up to $750 in bus grants to pay for field trips. Visit http://mostateparks.com/page/55065/outdoor-recreation-grants for more information.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Visitors found this dog roaming the park this morning. Will be checked for chip. If you are the owner or know the owner, please contact the park office at 636-586-5768 and staff will contact the rescue.
River levels have decreased, but many areas are still closed due to flooding and flood cleanup. However, many are still enjoying the park!
Select areas of the park are closed due to flooding. Be sure to check the park status map before your visit at https://modnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0cc1b6513d6e407694aede7b7bdbde93.
Today is National Battery Day! It's a great time to clean out old batteries and dispose of them properly. Learn more at https://intranet.state.mo.us/dnr/2022/02/10/national-battery-day-is-feb-18-2/.
In honor of Black History Month and 2022's theme of "Black Health and Wellness," join Washington State Park for the Celebrate CCC Company 1743 event! For more information, visit https://mostateparks.com/event/92861/celebrate-ccc-company-1743.
Ozark Hellbender Population Increases Due to St. Louis Zoo and Department of Conservation Program The St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Department of Conservation report continued success in the efforts to save the Ozark Hellbender salamander from extinction by ...
Missouri State Parks will be launching an enhanced online reservation system at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. In order to complete the upgrade, Missouri State Parks will not be accepting new reservations, changes or cancellations from 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 through 6:59 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. This includes online reservations at icampmo.com, phone reservations through the call center and reservations made at a state park or state historic site location. State parks and historic sites will be open under normal, off-season operations during this time. For more information, visit https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-state-parks-makes-enhancements-online-reservation-system-feb-15.
Some exciting changes are coming to a few campsites at Washington State Park! While the pictures don't give away much, this project is underway and will be ready later in 2022!
As this winter storm makes its way into Missouri - the Patrol, along with Missouri Department of Transportation, urge drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible during ice and snow. Rapid accumulation of snow will deteriorate road conditions quickly. #mowx
Making 2022 travel plans yet? There are over 60 national parks, trails, rivers, and historic sites in the Midwest. The options are nearly endless!
To make your planning a little easier, we've created new trip planning pages for every state in the Midwest. These pages feature parks, insider tips, and trip ideas. We'll be adding more to these pages periodically. Dive in at https://www.nps.gov/locations/midwest/things-to-do.htm
Image: Map of the Midwest US. Parks in these states are administered by the National Park Service in Department of the Interior Regions 3, 4, and 5. Every dot on the map represents a location in the National Park System. Is there one near you? National trails and rivers administered in the region are represented with a dot where their headquarters are located. Find an interactive map at https://www.nps.gov/locations/midwest/find-a-park.htm
If you suspect someone is being forced to engage in any activity from which they can’t leave, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733). That phone call could be the difference for someone in getting the help they need. For more information, visit humantraffickinghotline.org.
Interested in joining the team at Washington State Park? There's still time to apply at https://mocareers.mo.gov/hiretrue/mo/naturalresources/index.html.
From our entire team at Missouri State Parks, congratulations to Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Dru Buntin on his confirmation today. His understanding and appreciation of Missouri's natural and cultural resources means great things ahead for Missouri State Parks!
Washington State Park is hiring! Apply today to join the team as a maintenance worker at https://mocareers.mo.gov/hiretrue/ce3/job-board/5effe9b2-4b89-494b-ac76-c45e25190768/50f4fea9-0307-465b-9e07-2beafa31ff4c?jb=true.
Maintenance Worker DeSoto, MO. 30854-31812. Click here to learn more.
The Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program is now open. The grants underwrite the cost of the field trips for schools (Pre-K through 12th grade) and nonprofit organizations in an effort to connect youth with nature at our Missouri state parks and historic sites. Learn more at https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-department-natural-resources-opens-2022-round-bus-grant-program-grants.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
This is some great information on hiking clothing - especially in this colder weather. https://americanhiking.org/resources/clothing/
Clothing for Your Hike - American Hiking Society It's not about fashion, it's about your well-being: clothing for hiking. We've got you covered.
Winter is a wonderful time at Missouri state parks and historic sites. Remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Please remember to leave rocks and any other treasures you may find behind for others to see. You can take a photo, draw a picture or make a memory instead. #LeaveNoTrace #LNT
Missouri DNR has opened the 2022 round of RTP grants! Deadline to apply is Feb. 16, 2022. Read more about this grant opportunity here https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-department-natural-resources-opens-2022-round-recreational-trails-program-grants.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Recreational Trails Program grants | Missouri Department of Natural Resources JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 16, 2021 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, is pleased to announce the 2022 round for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants is now open. RTP grants are available to cities, counties and not-for-profit organizations to be used to...
Congratulations to Andrew Knoop for winning First Place in the Unique Places Category of the 2021 Missouri DNR Photo Contest. Dillard Mill State Historic Site interprets one of the state’s best-preserved gristmills, completed in 1908. To learn more about Dillard Mill State Historic Site, visit https://mostateparks.com/park/dillard-mill-state-historic-site. To find out how you can enter the 2022 Missouri DNR Photo Contest, visit dnr.mo.gov/photo-contest.
Join Missouri State Parks for a 1st Day Hike! https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/celebrate-2022-participating-first-day-hike-missouri-state-park-or-historic-site-jan-1
Celebrate 2022 by participating in a First Day Hike at a Missouri state park or historic site Jan. 1 | Missouri Department of Natural Resources JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 20, 2021 – On Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, annual First Day Hikes will take place at 34 state parks and historic sites across Missouri. Participants can choose from free, guided hikes that range in difficulty from easy to moderate, cover distances up to 7 1/2 miles and include ...
Read about this familiar holiday plant! https://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/discover-nature-notes/holiday-tree-thief-2?fbclid=IwAR1cZEAAMg1ozNjgkx3CW6dyUPr58SQ2S0ra1ctOEC4SZXAzP1n_VVGCONc
The Holiday Tree Thief People have been stealing kisses under its branches for years, but in nature, mistletoe is the real thief. This parasite plant steals nutrients from trees. It also provides food and homes for birds and mammals. Discover where you can find it naturally in Missouri, in this week's Discover Nature Note...
On Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, annual #FirstDayHikes will take place at 34 state parks and historic sites across Missouri. Participants can choose from free, guided hikes that range in difficulty from easy to moderate, cover distances up to 7 1/2 miles and include a variety of trails.
The annual event is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hike effort that gives people the opportunity to start off the year with an outdoor hike at a state park. Registration is required for all hikes. A list of Missouri state parks with guided First Day Hikes and other related activities is available at mostateparks.com/FirstDayHikes.
Read the full news release at https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/celebrate-2022-participating-first-day-hike-missouri-state-park-or-historic-site-jan-1.
As we approach the end of 2021, Missouri State Parks staff would like to thank our dedicated volunteers for all of the hours contributed this past year. As of Dec. 15, 2021, there were 162,750 service hours logged to further the mission of Missouri State Parks. You have provided invaluable service to our citizens and visitors. We are grateful for your continued support!
MDC: 3.5 tons of trash removed from Ste. Genevieve County sinkhole cave Missouri Stream Team partnered with 50 volunteers to dispose of debris from the 60-foot pit.
Check out these nighttime weather safety tips from the National Weather Service - St. Louis. Especially during outdoor activities (and even during the winter), it's important to stay tuned to the weather.
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DYK: More than 40 tribes claim some historical affiliation with what is now Missouri. Our Missouri state parks are rich with Native American history. Learn more by visiting mostateparks.com and by visiting your favorite Missouri state park. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
📸 - Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center
DYK that today is National Bison Day? Buffalo or bison, call them what you want. If you want to be correct, it is bison, but buffalo is how most people know them. Bison at one time numbered 30-60 million in North America. By the late 1800s, there were less than 1,000. They are the largest land mammal in North America weighing in at 2,000 pounds for bulls (males) and 1,200 for cows (females). Prairie State Park has a herd of bison that roam on about 2000 acres of tallgrass prairie. Come on out for a visit, but be sure to keep 100 yards from them. They can run 35 mph and you can’t! Here is a coloring sheet you can download and color to celebrate National Bison Day with Missouri State Parks.
Check out the 2021 photo contest finalists! https://dnr.mo.gov/photo-contest
Missouri DNR Photo Contest | Missouri Department of Natural Resources Amateur photographers of all ages may enter the Missouri DNR Photo Contest hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The City of De Soto wants to help find lost animals as well as adopting unclaimed pets.
The District covers 174 square miles of rural south and southwestern Jefferson County and is the largest coverage area in the County. We respond to over 1,200 alarms each year.