Effective Friday (March 27), the use of campgrounds and lodging at Missouri state parks will be closed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Missouri State Parks department officials said all campgrounds and lodging will temporarily close from March 27 through April 30.
State parks will remain open to the public for day-use areas, like trails and boat ramps, according to the written statement from the State Parks department.
All fees associated with camping and park-run lodging reservations, including reservations, cancellations and medication fees, beginning the night of March 27 through April 30, will be refunded. Parks staff will inform those already using campgrounds of the change and will work with them to adjust their reservations and any necessary refunds. The State Parks Call Center will contact campers with reservations who are yet to arrive, according to the report.
Those with existing reservations at a state park or historic site are urged to call the Reservation Call Center at 1-877-422-6766. The call center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In a previous Missouri state parks announcement, agency officials said state park and historic sites visitor centers, parks offices and site offices have been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closures affect the Mastodon State Historic Site Museum in Imperial.
In addition, all special events and on-site programs have been suspended or postponed through April 30.
Missouri State Parks staff members are available on site or by phone to answer questions. For more information about Missouri State Parks, go to email@example.com.