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Left: Lake of the Ozarks State Park's trail starts at Nature's Window, a geological formation pictured to the left of Park Naturalist Gurric Good.
Right: Park Superintendent Debbie Newby and Deputy Regional Director Melanie Smith take to the 4.5-mile trail at Finger Lakes State Park.

FINGER LAKES STATE PARK
There aren't many chunks of public land where you can
catch a crappie or some air on your off-road vehicle in
the same place, and even fewer that are only a half-day's
drive from any point in the state. If your tune of choice is
birdsong or the roar of engines, you can have one or both
at Finger Lakes State Park.
	 " You wouldn't think birdwatching and off-road riding
mix, but they do here, " says Park Superintendent Debbie
Newby with a laugh. " It's very diverse. "
	 The repurposed coal strip-mining site makes for not
only a great racetrack and migratory flyway but also an
environment tailor-made for paddling where visitors feel
surrounded by nature. The park office rents a number of
kayaks, canoes and paddleboards - just be sure to check
availability online and reserve craft in advance. Finger
Lakes State Park also is one of many parks that conducts
Learn2Paddle classes. The setting at Finger Lakes is perfect for first-timers.

	 " There is no moving current, so you can work on your
techniques and skills, " Debbie adds. " You also don't have
to organize your transportation: You put in the same place
you take out. "
	 The 4.5-mile trail, consisting of two loops with a connector, can be leisurely accomplished in two hours, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the park's offerings
including the campgrounds and a swimming beach. Other
well-known features of the park are a 15-acre motorcross
track and 70 miles of trails set aside for off-road riding. Hikers and trail runners flock to the 2.7-mile Kelley
Branch, which also attracts mountain bikes fresh from the
park's skills course and pump track.
	 If you'd rather head off the map while on the water,
there are plenty of other paddling - not to mention, boating, swimming and fishing - experiences waiting for you
in Missouri State Parks. Grab your camera, take a friend
and don't forget the life jackets and sunscreen. You're sure
to find fun and leave with great memories.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AQUATIC TRAILS, CONTACT THE PARKS BELOW
OR VISIT WWW.MOSTATEPARKS.COM
STOCKTON
19100 S. Hwy. 215
Dadeville, MO 65635
417-276-4259

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LAKE OF THE
OZARKS
403 Hwy. 134
Kaiser, MO 65047
573-348-2694

RURAL MISSOURI | JUNE 2021

FINGER LAKES

ST. JOE

WAKONDA

1505 E. Peabody Road
Columbia, MO 65202
573-443-5315

2800 Pimville Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
573-431-1069

32836 State Park Road
La Grange, MO 63448
573-655-2280


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