Cuivre River State Park 'Trail into Spring' © Bob Clark
The trail leads into a Springtime forest.
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Cuivre River State Park
Cuivre River State Park
678 State Route 147
Troy, Missouri   63379

Phone: 636-528-7247
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
Cuivre River State Park
'Trail into Spring'
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The trail leads into a Springtime forest.

Cuivre River State Park
'September Evening'
© J Dorsey


Late evening on Lake Lincoln.

Cuivre River State Park lends a wilder, Ozarkian flavor to the otherwise predominately agricultural landscape of northern Missouri. Although not far from St. Louis, the park is a nature lover?s paradise. A stroll through the park in the spring when many woodland wildflowers are in bloom or in the fall when the prairie grasses tower over your head is an outdoor delight.

Spend a few days at the park. Both primitive and modern campsites are available, and Lake Lincoln offers swimming, boating and fishing. The park?s two wild areas provide hiking, backpacking, photography and wildlife observation activities. There are also equestrian trails and a campground for overnight stays.

Three natural areas ? areas noted for their high-quality ecosystems ? feature native prairie, sinkhole ponds, woodlands and a clear, rock-bottomed stream. Big Sugar Creek is one of the finest undisturbed streams left in northeastern Missouri. Several trails lead through the Lincoln Hills Natural Area and its many unique natural features.

Whether for a few hours or a few days, come visit one of the state?s largest and most rugged parks. You will find Cuivre River State Park to be an Ozarklike island in north Missouri?s rolling plains.
April 16
Camp Sherwood Beautification Day
Cuivre River State Park will host Camp Sherwood Beautification Day as part of the National Volunteer Week celebration. National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. Camp Sherwood has been a part of the Troy community for more than 70 years and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Generations of children have made memories in camp, and several thousand people still enjoy the camp today.

This event will also kick off the park's first large volunteer event for the newly-formed park volunteer program. During the event, volunteers will assist staff with a variety of camp beautification projects that will spruce up the camp for visitors.

Volunteers can sign up for the morning shift (9 a.m. to noon) or the afternoon shift (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), or can sign up for both! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers at noon. All volunteers need to call the park office to sign up for the shift of their choice. There are projects for volunteers of all ages! For more information or to register, call the park office at 636-528-7247 or visit the events listing on the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CuivreRiverStatePark.

Event times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

April 30
Cuivre River Photography Workshop
Cuivre River State Park will host a digital photography workshop in the Camp Sherwood recreation hall. The workshop will be taught by a local photographer and the park naturalist and will provide tips and tricks for using your digital SLR camera to get the perfect nature photos. The workshop will feature a morning classroom program, which will go over the different camera settings. After lunch, the class will hit some of the spring "hot spots" in the park to practice their new skills.

This workshop is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The park will begin taking reservations April 1. Bring a sack lunch and your digital SLR camera and lenses. For more information or to register, call the park office at 636-528-7247 or visit the events listing on the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CuivreRiverStatePark.

Workshop time: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

May 14
World Bird Sanctuary's Raptor Awareness Program
The World Bird Sanctuary's Raptor Awareness program features birds of prey including falcons, hawks, owls, vultures and a bald eagle. Not only will you see different species of raptors, but you'll also learn a vulture's secret weapon and how to identify a bird of prey in the wild. Sit back and enjoy an up close view as some of the birds soar right over your head!

This program will take place at Lake Lincoln beach. Bring a lawn chair; visitors must be seated during the show. As always, this program is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the park office at 636-528-7247.

Program time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Accommodation Availability Calendars
Lake Lincoln features a public swimming beach and change house. Swimming at Cuivre River State Park is restricted to the beach area only.
A concrete boat launch surface is located at Lake Lincoln. Motor use on the lake is restricted to electric trolling motors only, however, gas powered motors needn?t be detached. There are no launch fees.

Lake Lincoln is a 55-acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. It has multiple access points for fishing. Contact the park office or visitor center at (636) 528-7247 for seasonal rules and regulations.

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There are six picnic areas located throughout the park. The park also features two picnic shelters.The stone shelter, at the end of Hwy. 147, accommodates up to 50 guests. This shelter is perfect for family gatherings or special outings, and is equipped with picnic tables, an outdoor grill and restroom facilities. There is a $40 per day reservation fee. If the shelter is not reserved, it is available daily on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

The lakeside shelter, at the intersection of Lincoln Hills Drive and Camp Cuivre Road, accommodates up to 120 guests. This shelter is also ideal for large groups in a day-use capacity, and is equipped with picnic tables, two outdoor grills and restroom facilities. There is a $50 per day reservation fee. This shelter available by reservation only.

To make reservations for either shelter, please contact the park office at (636) 528-7247.
Cuivre River State Park contains nine trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Many miles of trail are open to both hikers and equestrians. The trails offer scenic vistas from atop Frenchman?s Bluff; wind through forested hills and steep valleys of tall oaks and hickories; and traverse glades, restored prairies and the lush flood plain of Big Sugar Creek.
Nature Programs
Regularly scheduled evening programs are available, weather permitting, from May through September at the campground amphitheater. Park naturalists also conduct nature hikes and a variety of interpretive programs throughout the year. Contact the park office at (636) 528-7427 for a schedule of events.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 7 I loved it!!! Didn`t want to leave. by Paul and Joann Maze
We came from Indiana and found a campground close to Warrenton. This was it and it was wounderful. We stayed a week and then I didn`t want to leave. The managers are wonderful and kind.
April 21 Wonderful scenery
Our grandchildren love this park! You can hike the trails, picnic or fish and have a great time.
August 7 Great park for family
Great park in our backyard. My kids 5 and 3 loves going here. We visited the beach, walked the trails, played in the playground, had picnics and explored the creek. Been back many times and the kids are always excited.

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