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Description - **Note: This information was provided by www.mostateparks.com.

Boating, fishing and abundant waterfowl have made Big Lake State Park one of northwest Missouri's most popular outdoor recreation areas. The park is located on Missouri's largest oxbow lake, which was formed by the Missouri River before its course was controlled by channelization.

Located just off Interstate 29 halfway between Kansas City and Omaha, Big Lake State Park was one of the first public recreation areas in northwest Missouri. Today, visitors to the 407-acre park can enjoy picnic areas, a swimming pool, boat launch, fishing, bird watching, dining in the park's restaurant, and facilities for lodging and camping.

The park also has a large marsh that preserves an example of an early-day Missouri landscape. With the park's location on Big Lake, and Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge nearby, the area is a major feeding and resting place for birds and migratory waterfowl.

Visitors are welcome to stay overnight in the park's motel or rent one of the comfortable lakeshore cabins that are available. You will find Big Lake State Park to be a restful and peaceful place, but one that also provides fun, water sports and outstanding bird watching.

Attractions - An open picnic shelter with electricity is located in the day-use area and can be reserved for $30 per day. If not reserved, the shelter is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Shelter capacity is approximately 75 guests per outing. To inquire about reserving the shelter, please call (660) 442-3770.

Big Lake State Park offers motel, suite, and cabin accommodations from April through November. Because of the overwhelming demand for our units, a minimum of one day's deposit is required for each unit reserved. A cancellation notice of seven days prior to arrival is required to receive a refund of your deposit. A minimum of two nights is required for cabin rentals on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To check availability or make a reservation, please call (660) 442-5432. Reservations are not accepted by e-mail.

Big Lake State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include a dump station, modern restrooms, showers, water, laundry and reservable sites. Reservations can be made for stays between April 1 and Oct. 31. There is a required minimum stay for reservations on weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Recreation - A swimming pool, with hot showers and a changehouse, is located near the modern two-story motel overlooking the lake. The pool is open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day weather permitting. Family and individual passes are available. There is a $2 daily charge.

Fishing is permitted anywhere on the lake. Bass, catfish, crappie and blue gill are all found in Big Lake.

Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.

Location - 204 Lake Shore Drive

Craig, MO 64437

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Contact Information:
Big Lake State Park , 204 Lake Shore Drive , Craig, Missouri, 64437, Phone: (660) 442-3770
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites - Official agency website


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