Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Missouri State Parks swimming beaches offer relief from the heat

English: Lake Lincoln in Cuivre River State Pa...
 Lake Lincoln in Cuivre River State Park in Missouri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the easiest ways to do something about the heat is to take a cooling, relaxing plunge in the water at one of the 17 Missouri State Parks swimming beaches throughout the state.
As has been the case throughout the summer, weekly water sampling showed that all state parks beaches met water quality standards as set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and will be open and welcoming visitors.
The beaches at two parks, Lewis and Clark State Park in Buchanan County and Trail of Tears State Park, Cape Girardeau County, remain closed for maintenance unrelated to water quality. Visit for additional information.
The department samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.
Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive free electronic notices about the status of state park beaches by visiting the department’s website at In addition, visitors may continue to check the state park beach status on the department’s website at as well as
Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri's 86 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless. For more information about Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, visit