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Wallace State Park
Wallace State Park
10621 NE Hwy. 121
Cameron, Missouri   64429

Phone: 816-632-3745
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
Wallace State Park


The feature attraction at Wallace State Park is peace and quiet! Located amid the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri, and less than an hour from Kansas City, this 501-acre, wooded park offers recreation and relaxation.

For recreation, visitors can fish or swim in the park's six-acre lake or exercise by hiking one of the park's four scenic trails. Benches along the trails allow visitors to sit and absorb the sights, sounds and slow pace of nature. Scattered picnic sites provide a peaceful place to enjoy lunch. For larger groups, an open picnic shelter that overlooks the lake and an enclosed shelter with a range, refrigerator and hot water are available for reservation.

For relaxation, visitors can sleep under the stars in one of the park's family-oriented campgrounds. Campground amenities include modern restrooms, hot showers, a trailer dump station and playground.

Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods, administered by the Department of Natural Resources and owned by The Nature Conservancy, is located 20 miles southwest of the park and features a prime example of northwest Missouri's hardwood forests.

For peace and quiet and a break from the fast pace of everyday life, escape to Wallace State Park.
Wallace State Park Campground Information : The park's peaceful, family-oriented campgrounds include both basic and electric campsites-a variety of which are reservable, modern restrooms, hot showers and a trailer dump station. Playground equipment located near Campground 2 and the travel camp. Walk-in campsites are available for those seeking more seclusion.

A travel campground provides 20 campsites that can be reserved by organized camping groups of five or more. To reserve in the travel campground, call the park office at (816) 632-3745.

Special-Use Camping Area : Organized youth groups can reserve the park's special-use area. It includes three areas for camping, all of which have a vault toilet, water spigot and fire ring. Each camping area can accommodate groups of 40 to 50. For more information or to reserve the special-use area, please call the park office at (816) 632-3745.

Park Gate Information : Park gates close at 10 p.m. daily year-round. Campers need to be sure to arrive prior to gate closure time.
March 26
Easter Egg Hunt
Hey kids! Come enjoy an afternoon of fun in the park. The enclosed shelterhouse will have nature displays and drawings for prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their baskets to collect the 2,000 candy and toy filled eggs at 2 p.m. Visitors seeking an egg hunting adventure may search for the hidden golden egg on each of the parks' four hiking trails to win a special prize.

Event times: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

June 18
Kids Fishing Day
Hey kids! Come to the park and fish at Lake Allaman. Kid's Fishing Day is sponsored by the Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Kids ages 5 to 12 can cast their lines into the park's lake. Fishing poles will be provided to the first 40 kids to register that morning. Kids that bring their own poles do not need to register. Bait and assistance will be provided. Parents are encouraged to attend. A nature display and drawings for prizes will take place at the open shelterhouse.

Event times: 9 a.m. - Noon

August 6
Informational Meeting
Missouri State Parks will hold an informational meeting to discuss issues related to the park. The meeting will be held at the enclosed shelterhouse and the public is invited.

Discussion will center on the general operations of the park. Park staff will be present to provide information about the park and to answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.

The meeting is part of an ongoing effort by the department to ensure that the public has input on services and facilities in state parks and historic sites.

Meeting time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

October 29
Fall Fun Event
Join in the fun at Wallace State Park at the annual Fall Fun Event. This year's activities include:

2 p.m. - A trail hiking adventure called Find the Pumpkin. Hikers that find the hidden pumpkins on the trails will win a special prize.

4 p.m. - Fruits of Fall presentation. See if you can name the nut!

6:30 p.m. - Halloween Campsite Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest Judging. Campers are encouraged to transform their campsites with lights and decorations for our annual Halloween Campsite Decorating Contest. Please keep decorations family-friendly and safe for people and wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the campgrounds to view campsite displays. Bring your pumpkin to the campground amphitheater for judging.

7 p.m. - Halloween Storytelling Presentation. Listen to spooky stories under the stars!

7:30 p.m. - Campsite Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest Awards. The park will serve treats for everyone.

Meet at the campground amphitheater for all activities. All park programs are free and open to the public.

Event times: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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Fishing is generally done from the shore of six-acre Lake Allaman. Small boats and electric motors are permitted. The lake is not stocked.

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Picnic Area/Playground

Picnic sites are scattered throughout the wooded area of the park and near the lake, providing an excellent place to enjoy lunch.

For large family gatherings, the park has an open picnic shelter that overlooks the lake and an enclosed shelter with a range, refrigerator and hot water. The open shelter also has playground equipment and may be reserved for $30 a day, or if not reserved, the open shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use of the enclosed shelter is $35 per day and reservations are required.

To reserve a picnic shelter, please call the park office at (816) 632-3745.

Rocky Ford Trail : This .75-mile trail has a long, gentle downhill slope that takes you to Deer Creek. As you walk upstream, notice the limestone shelves, which were used as a ford by the farmer who once owned land on both sides of the creek. This probably was also a ford on a Mormon Trail possibly more than 160 years ago. The trail ends in the picnic area, where you can choose your own route back to the enclosed shelter and trail head.

Old Quarry Trail : Although the trail head lies in the special-use area, this trail is open to all that would like to use it. Please leave your vehicle outside the special-use area gate, and then on foot follow the special-use area road to the trail head. This is a 1.25-mile trail in its entirety with the option of a shortcut that reduces the trail by .5 mile. The old quarry is on the left side of the trail about 125 paces past the shortcut. Its history is unknown. Perhaps an early resident of this area found this natural outcropping of limestone to be a good source of large rocks, possibly to be used as a foundation for a house or barn. The trail returns through a small Scotch and short-leaf pine plantation planted in the mid-1950s.

Skunk Hollow Trail : If you are driving, park your vehicle at the entrance to the Travel Campground, then walk to the trail head near campsite 80. A gentle, downhill grade takes you to an intermittent stream that has a small waterfall. The trail is .75-mile in total length making a loop back to the campground.

Deer Run Trail : Variety best describes this trail. A lowland and upland forest, old fields, ponds and streams are all represented. By taking Old Field shortcut, the complete walk is only one mile. The deer footprint signs will guide you around the two-mile route. Deer Creek Loop leaves and rejoins Deer Run Trail near the farm ponds making the total hike about 3.5 miles. Some common trees have been identified on the one-mile route.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 9 Our favorite park
My family loves it here! It has a lot of space to spread out and things for us to do.
September 20 Relaxing and close to KC
Carolyn, one of the hosts was extremely nice and helpful. She even gave my wife and I cooking oil for our popcorn popper.
May 8 Best camping in northern missouri... by Jay S.
Fantastic for kids and parents alike. Secluded, peaceful, and clean. Tons of activities including nature walks, fishing, swiming, stargazing, etc.

Area Campgrounds
Lathrop Mobile Home & RV Park, LLC
309 Pine Street
Lathrop, MO
Weather Forecast, (64493)

From Kansas City : Wallace State Park is approximately 50 miles from the Kansas/Missouri line. Travel north on I-35 to Exit 48. Make a right turn off the exit ramp onto Hwy. 69. Turn left at Hwy. 121 and continue into the state park. The park is about two miles from I-35.

From Des Moines, Iowa : Wallace State Park is approximately 68 miles from the Iowa/Missouri line. Travel south on I-35 to Exit 48. Make a left turn off the exit ramp onto Hwy. 69. Turn left at Hwy. 121 and continue into the state park. The park is about two miles from I-35.

From St. Joseph : Wallace State Park is approximately 36 miles from St. Joseph. Travel east on Hwy. 36 to I-35. Proceed south on I-35 to Exit 48. Make a left turn off the exit ramp onto Hwy. 69. Turn left at Hwy. 121 and continue into the state park. The park is about two miles from I-35.

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