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Plan a trip to Harry S Truman State Park and fulfill your vacation expectations. This 1,440-acre park offers a wide range of activities that are sure to please. Located on a peninsula nearly surrounded by the 55,600-acre Truman Lake, the park features many opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing. For swimmers and waders, the beautiful sand beach is conveniently located with a changehouse and modern restrooms. Anglers of all skill levels will be challenged to hook a variety of fish in the lake's cool, clear waters.

Numerous campsites are scattered near the lakeshore and throughout the forest. Facilities in the campground include sanitary dumping stations, hot showers, modern restrooms and laundry rooms. Shady picnic sites are found in the wooded day-use area, as well as an open shelter that's available for group rental. Modern restrooms and playgrounds are located nearby.

The park's natural environment offers a diverse landscape to explore. Open oak woodlands, natural grasslands, towering limestone bluffs and oak savannas beckon the visitor. Hiking trails wind through the woods and out to rocky overlooks, offering breathtaking views of the lake and an occasional glimpse of the abundant wildlife. Fox, coyote, deer, wild turkey and beaver make their homes in the forest and grasslands of Truman State Park.

Attractions - Harry S Truman State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry. Devil's Backbone, Raccoon Ridge and Thorny Ridge campgrounds are open year-round. Buck Ridge and Wild Turkey Ridge campgrounds are closed October through April. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends from April through October and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

The eastern end of the park provides visitors with an opportunity to relax at one of the many shaded picnic sites. This section of the park also has an open shelter, which can be reserved at a rate of $35 per day, and is perfect for large family gatherings and special group outings. The shelter can accommodate approximately 130 guests and is equipped with picnic tables, two large outdoor grills, electricity and restroom facilities nearby. If not reserved, the shelter is available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Recreation - The park offers two paved boat-launching ramps for access to Truman Lake year-round. A two-lane boat ramp located in the campground is for use by campers only, and a four-lane boat ramp is available to the public near the large parking lot, which offers ample space for cars, trucks and boat trailers. There are no launch fees or motor restrictions in the state park.

There are two swimming beaches in the park open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. One beach is located in the campground and is used exclusively by campers. The other beach, located at the main day-use area, is open to the public. Both beaches have a restroom and changehouse facility nearby.

From a boat or the shore, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including crappie, black bass, catfish and white bass as Truman Lake provides some of the best fishing opportunities in the area. The 55,600-acre lake can be accessed from the park via one of the two boat-launching ramps that are open year-round.

On Western Wallflower Glade Trail hikers will experience firsthand the glade and savanna habitat that is being preserved in its pre-settlement conditions. It is one of the best places in the park to view widely spaced oaks that still shade a mantle of prairie grasses and wildflowers. Western Wallflower Glade Trail is 1.25 miles long.

Bluff Ridge Trail traverses forests and glades and passes near a bluff that overlooks Truman Lake. The north-facing slope on the first part of the trail, with its richer, moister soil, contains many large red oaks with a smaller understory of sugar maples. This trail is divided into two sections with distances of either 1.5 or .5 miles.

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 - 28761 State Park Road

Warsaw, MO 65355

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Contact Information:
Harry S. Truman State Park, 12096 Park Drive , Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, 63670, Phone: (573) 883-3603
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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