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Description - This information provided by www.mostateparks.com

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, on their epic journey westward, encountered a lake, which Clark described as containing "great quantities of fish and Gees & Goslings." The lake they described that Fourth of July in 1804 is known today as Lewis and Clark Lake. Lewis and Clark State Park borders this lake and is dedicated to these early explorers who opened the door to westward expansion.

Just as in Lewis and Clark's day, waterfowl still flock to this oxbow lake. Geese, great blue herons, snowy egrets and many types of ducks often make an appearance at Lewis and Clark Lake.

Along the quiet shoreline of the lake, fishermen can cast their lines for carp, buffalo and channel catfish. For those not wanting to stay ashore, the park offers a boat ramp and a large, sand swimming beach. Picnic sites with grills, scattered along the shady shoreline, provide the perfect place for a picnic lunch. An open shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, can be reserved in advance for large gatherings of family and friends. A playground is located nearby.

Overnight guests have a choice of both basic and electric campsites. Each site features a grill and table, with some electric sites having small shelters.

Come enjoy an area that early explorers, Lewis and Clark, felt to be noteworthy and take pleasure in a day or more of peaceful, outdoor recreation.

Attractions - Lewis and Clark State Park Campground Information

The campground at Lewis and Clark State Park has 70 campsites and includes both basic campsites and those with electrical hookups. Campsites are available for a maximum continuous stay of 15 days. Pull-through and back-in campsites are available. Each campsite features a barbecue grill and table. The level and roomy campsites make it easy to maneuver a large recreational vehicle.

The camping area features modern restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, a dump station, playground equipment and reservable sites.

For reservations, there is a required minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Picnic Area/Playground

Numerous picnic tables and grills are scattered along the shoreline in the shade of stately cottonwood, sycamore and walnut trees. There's an open picnic shelter that was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This shelter, which has electricity, can be reserved for $35 per day by contacting the park office in advance at (816) 579-5564.

The day-use area offers fishing, an open shelter house, boat launch, modern restrooms, picnic areas, playground equipment and a swimming beach.

Recreation - Fishing

The park lies on the southeast corner of 365-acre Lewis and Clark Lake, commonly called Sugar Lake, which offers opportunities for fishing. The shallow areas of the lake make fertile fish grounds for bass, bluegill, channel catfish, carp, buffalo and other game and some nongame fish. The lake is also popular for canoeing, boating and water skiing.


A large sandy beach and a gently sloping shoreline make the lake popular with swimmers. The swimming area is designated by a floating rope. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, swimming is permitted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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 - 801 Lake Crest Blvd. Rushville, MO 64484

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Contact Information:
Lewis and Clark State Park , 801 Lake Crest Blvd. , Rushville, Missouri, 64484, Phone: (816) 579-5564
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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