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The rolling green hills and deep ravines of Crowder State Park provide 1,912 user-friendly acres where visitors can camp, picnic, hike - or just take it easy. The camping area includes modern restrooms and showers, a dumping station and a laundromat. Picnic sites are located throughout the park and swimming, boating and fishing are offered in the 18-acre Crowder Lake in the center of the park.
Crowder State Park is the perfect park for the visitor who wants to escape the pace of city life and enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing, peaceful environment. Much of the park is covered with thick forest that displays a diverse population of trees, plants and flowers. Many types of wildlife - including deer, raccoons and wild turkeys - also make their homes in the forests of Crowder State Park.
Crowder State Park is a commemorative park dedicated to the memory of Maj. Gen. Enoch H. Crowder, one of several important American military leaders who was nurtured in the hills of northern Missouri.
- There are two playground facilities -- one is located in the campground and the other is by shelter house #1. Two open picnic shelters are available for reservation at a rate of $30 per day. If not reserved, the shelters are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. One enclosed shelter is available by reservation only at a rate of $40 per day. The enclosed shelter is fully furnished for events such as receptions and reunions, and is equipped with a restroom, sink, stove, refrigerator, heater and fireplace. Reservations can be made up to nine months in advance. All three shelters are equipped with outdoor grills. Crowder State Park also has 25 picnic areas throughout the park that are available to visitors daily.
Crowder State Park offers basic and electric campsites, a group camp and a special-use camping area. Services include a dump station, showers, water and reservable sites. For reservations, there is a required minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15. Reservations can be made for stays during the on-season (April through October). The use of generators is prohibited in the campground, unless approved by the park manager. Special consideration will be given for use of generators relating to customer health and safety.
Recreation - Great fishing opportunities exist at Crowder Lake. The 20-acre lake abounds with channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie and blue gill, and is available to the public during park hours. No gas-powered motors are allowed.
Crowder State Park has four trails used for a variety of recreational purposes. River Forks Trail runs along the Thompson River for one and a half miles and is used for hiking and bicycling. Thompson River Trail follows the river for roughly eight miles and permits equestrian use in addition to hiking and bicycling. Tall Oaks Trail is used for hiking and bicycling and is four miles long. Redbud Trail permits hiking only and runs approximately two miles.
For swimmers, there is a sand beach and bathhouse at Crowder 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.
Crowder State Park
76 Hwy. 128, Trenton, MO 64683