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Washington State Park

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If you are a family that loves Halloween and camping, definitely give Halloween camping a shot. That is, if you havenโ€™t already. Our girls had a blast!

This year there were about 12 Missouri State Parks that hosted Halloween events for campers. Additionally, others host Halloween/Fall themed events for all visitors.

If you are at all interested in participating, I suggest reserving your site NOW. And, yes, I am serious. I reserved our site at Babler for next year and LOTS of sites were booked already.

Here is a list of the MO State Parks that participated this year:

๐ŸŽƒDr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
๐ŸŽƒCuivre River State Park
๐ŸŽƒEcho Bluff State Park
๐ŸŽƒKnob Noster State Park
๐ŸŽƒMeramec State Park
๐ŸŽƒSt. Francois State Park
๐ŸŽƒSam A. Baker Concessions
๐ŸŽƒAnnie and Abel Van Meter State Park
๐ŸŽƒWakonda State Park
๐ŸŽƒWallace State Park
๐ŸŽƒWashington State Park
๐ŸŽƒWatkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

Be sure to follow each of these parks as well as Missouri State Parks on FB for updates. Additionally, check the Events page on the website.
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Check out Sound Water Stewards class of 2021 on a forest walk with retired Professor Linda Brubaker on Camano. The Al Emerson Interpretive Trail is a short level loop in the center of Camano Island State Park. Thank you Montana for capturing your class excited to use there phones to capture the mushrooms!
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Is your park doing an event Halloween weekend for campers?
Will there be trick or treating again this year for campers?
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Located inside Washington State Park are two of Missouriโ€™s petroglyph sites.

The petroglyphs were craved by the Middle Mississippian Indians 600 - 1000 years ago.

The main site is located near the north entrance of the park just off of Hwy 104. At this site, the petroglyphs are still easily identifiable.

The other much smaller site is also located by the north entrance right next to the interpretative center. Because of time and weather, these petroglyphs are faded and difficult to see.

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๐ŸชจWashington State Park

๐Ÿ“De Soto, MO

Located along the Big River, Washington State Park was established as a state park in 1932. Not only is it the site of two of Missouriโ€™s Petroglyphs but 14 of the buildings (and the 1000 Step Trail) were built by Company 1743 of the CCC, an all African American company.

โ›ฐ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
โ€ข1000 Steps Trail - 1.5 mi; Natural; Rugged
โ€ขOpossum Track Trail - 2.4 mi; Natural; Rugged
โ€ขRockywood Trail - 5.9 mi; Natural; Rugged

We decided to hike the 1000 Steps Trail because of the labor and hard-work that was put into constructing it. Company 1743 did an amazing job. We were a little concerned about the little one, but she managed it like a pro. It is pretty rugged and should be hiked with caution after rain or snow.

๐Ÿ• ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ*
โ€ข50 reservable campsites - basic, electric, and family
โ€ข11 Cabins available to rent.

๐Ÿ›ถ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€*
โ€ขBig River Day Use Area (has picnic shelter and playground)
โ€ขSwimming Pool
โ€ขBoat launch

๐Ÿšป ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€*
โ€ขBathrooms are located in the day use area, campgrounds, and other places throughout the park.
โ€ขDuring off season, there is a port-a-potty located right across from the interpretation center and vault toilet in the campground.

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด available at the Thunderbird Lodge and by each trailhead.

For additional info, visit https://mostateparks.com/park/washington-state-park

*Please be sure to check the status map for advisories and/or closures. https://modnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0cc1b6513d6e407694aede7b7bdbde93

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Proud to be American concert series starts this Saturday at Washington State Park! Washington State Park #walkthroughhistory
Recently, our team at Washington State Park celebrated the completion of the new maintenance shop. Thank you to the statewide and eastern construction crews for your work in constructing this long-awaited facility.
Found beagle mix. Blue collar, no tags. We are currently camping at Washington State park.
What are the plans for Easter weekend 2021?
Jay Hammel
In addition to the Thunderbird Lodge, they also constructed the 1000 Steps Trail. If you have never hiked it, do it. It will give you a new perspective of the work that these men did. I cannot imagine how difficult and strenuous a task it was... thank you CCC Co 1743.

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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

03/04/2022

Mark your calendars for the return of one of the parkโ€™s most popular events โ€“ the Twilight Trek and Taste! This yearโ€™s event will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022. More details on the event and a reservation link will follow soon!

03/01/2022

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.

02/28/2022

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. Missouriโ€™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.

Podcast: https://youtu.be/6O1OtNkMX64

Canceled: Celebrate CCC Company 1743 | Missouri State Parks 02/23/2022

Canceled: Celebrate CCC Company 1743 | Missouri State Parks

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.

02/21/2022

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

02/20/2022

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.

02/19/2022

River levels have decreased, but many areas are still closed due to flooding and flood cleanup. However, many are still enjoying the park!

02/18/2022

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.

02/18/2022

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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/.

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02/15/2022

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 02/11/2022

Ozark Hellbender Population Increases Due to St. Louis Zoo and Department of Conservation Program

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 ...

02/09/2022

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.

Photos from Washington State Park's post 02/08/2022

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!

02/01/2022

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

Timeline photos 01/28/2022

Timeline photos

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

#MidwestNPS

Timeline photos 01/27/2022

Timeline photos

If you suspect someone is being forced to engage in any activity from which they canโ€™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.

01/25/2022

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.

01/20/2022

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!

Maintenance Worker 01/19/2022

Maintenance Worker

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.

01/12/2022

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

Clothing for Your Hike - American Hiking Society 01/05/2022

Clothing for Your Hike - American Hiking Society

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.

12/30/2021

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 Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Recreational Trails Program grants | Missouri Department of Natural Resources 12/29/2021

Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Recreational Trails Program grants | Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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 โ€“ 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...

12/28/2021

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 stateโ€™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.

Celebrate 2022 by participating in a First Day Hike at a Missouri state park or historic site Jan. 1 | Missouri Department of Natural Resources 12/27/2021

Celebrate 2022 by participating in a First Day Hike at a Missouri state park or historic site Jan. 1 | Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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 โ€“ 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 ...

The Holiday Tree Thief 12/23/2021

The Holiday Tree Thief

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...

12/23/2021

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 Americaโ€™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.

12/22/2021

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 12/20/2021

MDC: 3.5 tons of trash removed from Ste. Genevieve County sinkhole cave

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.

Photos from Washington State Park's post 12/17/2021

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.

Photos from Missouri State Parks's post 12/16/2021

Photos from Missouri State Parks's post

12/15/2021

Fall Campfire

11/06/2021

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

๐Ÿ“ธ - Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center

11/06/2021

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 canโ€™t! Here is a coloring sheet you can download and color to celebrate National Bison Day with Missouri State Parks.

Missouri DNR Photo Contest | Missouri Department of Natural Resources 11/04/2021

Missouri DNR Photo Contest | Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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.

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13041 State Hwy. 104
DeSoto, MO
63020

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City of De Soto Kennel City of De Soto Kennel
1310 Public Works Drive
DeSoto, 63020

The City of De Soto wants to help find lost animals as well as adopting unclaimed pets.

DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District
201 E Miller St
DeSoto, 63020

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.