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  • We sat by the banks of the Monsanto Lake and watched the activity, enjoyed the day and actually caught a couple of catfish
  • I would recommend you making a reservation since it is such a popular park
  • I'd go back again but I think that maybe a weekday wouldn't be so crowded

    • by mememe
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      St. Joe State Park Campground- Missouri 2800 Pimville Road Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-1069

      We pulled into this campground exhausted, we had a long drive during the day and we were ready for some much-needed sleep. We were on the verge of being turned away but lucked out when a phone call came in canceling a site for the weekend so we took it, we were more concerned about getting some sleep than the site.

      While it wasn’t a bad campsite we didn’t realize that St. Joe State Park was such a busy place. Very popular with campers, it was packed and the variety of activities offered were tremendous.

      We woke to the sound of motorcycle, ATV’s and dune buggies, a group of them were slowly following each other


      single file along the campground road to their destined goal the sand dunes.

      St. Joe State Park actually has two campgrounds, one of the OTR Vehicles and one for people with horses. Each campground has a shower house with nice size bathrooms with flush toilets and laundry facilities. The sites are gravel and if you are a tent camper there is a pad that has to be used to pitch your tent on. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring or grill. The horse sites have hitching posts. One of the campgrounds also has a playground for the kids. A dump station and a small store are also provided for the camper’s convenience.

      There are four small lakes, two of which also offers fishing, scuba ...


      • diving, metal detecting, swimming and picnicking. Did I say this was a busy place? We sat by the banks of the Monsanto Lake and watched the activity, enjoyed the day and actually caught a couple of catfish. The only boats allowed in any of the lakes are rowboats, canoes boats with trolling motors.

        There were a couple of easy hiking trails and a couple of difficult trails. The trails are designated for bicyclist, hikers and horseback riders. Skateboarders and roller skaters are actually allowed on the paved trails which is usually a no-no but everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves doing their own thing.

        This state park actually has a flying field for remote control airplanes. It was fun to look at the different airplanes and styles and watch

        the competitive nature of the participants.

        If all this isn’t enough there are some old historic buildings nearby left over from the ore mining days. The museum has some very neat old mining equipment and great displays.

        I would recommend you making a reservation since it is such a popular park. If you don’t like crowded campgrounds this one isn’t for you. Even though there seemed to be a massive amount of people milling around we enjoyed ourselves at St. Joseph State Park. The campgrounds, bathrooms and shower houses were clean, the park rangers were helpful and enforced the rules. The amount of activities here would please just about any camper. I’d go back again but I think that maybe a weekday wouldn’t be so crowded.




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