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Description - This information provided by www.mostateparks.com

Nestled in northeast Missouri, Wakonda State Park, composed of land that once was mined of gravel used to surface Missouri's secondary highways, has been transformed into a recreation area featuring six lakes, hiking and bicycling trails, and a rare sand prairie.

The clear lake waters attract thousands of waterfowl such as Canada geese, snow geese, mallards, snowy egrets and great blue herons during the migratory seasons. The lakes also offer anglers a chance at catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Two of the lakes have boat ramps. Non-motorized jonboats and canoes can be rented at the park office.

Sand that was dug up during the gravel excavations was piled in small mounds, creating a landscape of rolling sand ridges that have developed into a rare sand prairie. Also comprised of the excavated sand is the 20,000-square-foot swimming beach along Wakonda Lake, providing a great place to lounge in the sun or get in a game of sand volleyball.

Seventy-nine campsites, both basic and electric, are available to guests wishing to extend their stay. Wakonda State Park also has 10 recreational trailers available for rent. Both the campground and recreational trailers are nestled near one of the park's lakes.

Attractions - Wakonda State Park Campground Information

Electricity will be added to campsites 53 through 79 during the next few months. Other modifications will be made to the sites at the same time. During this project, these sites will be unavailable. For current campground information, please contact park staff at (573) 655-2280.

Wakonda State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry.

During the on-season, fees of first-come, first-served campers are to be paid at the park office.

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

Gate Information Park gates close at 10 p.m. Campers need to be sure to arrive prior to gate closure time.

Fishing

The park's six lakes provide plenty of opportunities for anglers to cast their lines for largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Agate, Jasper, Quartz and Wakonda lakes are the most popular among fisherman.

Restrictions: The daily limit for largemouth bass is six and the protected length limit is 12 to 15 inches. For catfish, all species combined, the daily limit is four. For crappie, the daily limit is 30. Walleye must be at least 15 inches long. For all other fish combined, the daily limit is 20, of these only 15 may be yellow or white bass, and only four in the aggregate may be sauger or walleye.

No trout lines, bank lines, limb lines or jug lines are allowed.

Visit the park office for more detailed information regarding fishing regulations.

Recreation - Boat Launch

A concrete boat launch is available at Wakonda Lake and a gravel boat launch is at Agate Lake. There are no boat launch fees at the park. A 10 horsepower engine maximum is allowed on both Wakonda and Agate lakes. Quartz, Granite and Boulder lakes only allow boats with electric motors, and no boats are allowed on Jasper Lake. Other Amenities

Swimming

Sand from the quarries helped to create the state park system's largest natural sand swimming beach along Wakonda Lake. The 20,000-square-foot beach offers plenty of room to lounge in the sun or get in a game of sand volleyball. A snack bar is located near the beach.

The beach is open from Memorial day weekend through Labor day weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no lifeguard on duty, so swimming is at your own risk. There is a showerhouse and restroom facility located at the beach for your convenience.

Snack bar hours:

* Memorial Day to Aug. 13 -- 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily * Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28, Sept. 3-5 -- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fishing

The park's six lakes provide plenty of opportunities for anglers to cast their lines for largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Agate, Jasper, Quartz and Wakonda lakes are the most popular among fisherman.

Restrictions: The daily limit for largemouth bass is six and the protected length limit is 12 to 15 inches. For catfish, all species combined, the daily limit is four. For crappie, the daily limit is 30. Walleye must be at least 15 inches long. For all other fish combined, the daily limit is 20, of these only 15 may be yellow or white bass, and only four in the aggregate may be sauger or walleye.

No trout lines, bank lines, limb lines or jug lines are allowed.

Visit the park office for more detailed information regarding fishing regulations.

Trails

Wakonda State Park has four hiking trails covering eight miles of scenic views featuring native sand prairies, lakes and wildlife. The trails are limited to foot and bicycle traffic. All of the trails are easy to negotiate.

Campground Trail (.3 miles) takes you from the campground to the trail heads at the main parking lot. Be on the lookout during the growing season for prairie and forest animals and plants, including rare tiger beetles and not-so-rare poison ivy. Both are native to the sand prairie and dry woodland habitat.

Jasper Lake Trail (2.1 miles) encircles Jasper Lake and a wetland complex, as well as connects to Agate Lake Trail. Here you may see good fishing opportunities, waterfowl and signs of various wetland animals, including beaver, muskrats and raccoons.

Agate Lake Trail (3.5 miles) encircles the park's largest man-made lake, and connects to both of the other hiking trails. Look for waterfowl, evidence of prairie restoration (such as controlled burning) and signs of the extensive gravel dredging operation before it became a park. Note: During waterfowl migration, Agate Lake is closed to boating to allow geese and ducks to rest in relative safety. This trail may also be closed.

Peninsula Trail (one mile) is a loop trail, taking hikers through the sand prairie itself. Look for all manner of insect and bird life during summer; watch overhead for migrating waterfowl in spring and fall. This sparse grassland is as important to small prairie songbirds as the wetlands are to migrating waterfowl.

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 - 32836 State Park Road La Grange, MO 63448


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Contact Information:
Wakonda State Park, 32836 State Park Road , La Grange, Missouri, 63448, Phone: (573) 655-2280
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

Additional Information:
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Links:
Wakonda State Park - Official Site of Wakonda State Park

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