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Missouri State Campgrounds Will Require Reservations, Online Check-In

Busiek State Forest
Scott Harvey

This week, Missouri State Parks began its “phased reopening” of campgrounds and beaches. 

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, state park campground reservations opened May 18 for camping that can begin May 26. State park beaches will open May 21. 


Visitors will need to place a reservation by 7:00 p.m. the night before they arrive at most campgrounds. Campers will also need to keep social distance, wash their hands often, and avoid crowded areas. You can find more about these changes on


State parks are now accepting only debit and credit cards. 


The opening of Missouri State Parks is in line with Governor Mike Parson’s “Show-Me Strong” coronavirus recovery plan. 


According to data from the Department of Health and Senior Services, around 11,000 people in Missouri have contracted COVID-19 as of May 17.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.