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    Lewis and Clark State Park Reopens Day-use Area

    Visitors to northwest Missouri have a new destination for an afternoon outing with the reopening of the day-use area at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville.

    According to Missouri State Parks, the reopened areas include the playground, boat ramp, open shelter, interpretive plaza and picnic area. The campground and the beach (including the showerhouse) remain closed until further notice.

    The park, located on an oxbow lake near the Missouri River, was closed last summer because of flooding from the river’s rising water levels.

    Although the campground at Lewis and Clark State Park remains temporarily closed, there are other state parks in northwest Missouri that are open to campers. These include Wallace State Park near Cameron, Weston Bend State Park near Weston and Watkins Woolen Mill State Park near Lawson. For more information about these parks, visit

    Lewis and Clark State Park is located 20 miles southwest of St. Joseph at 801 Lake Crest Blvd. in Rushville. For more information about the park, call the park at 816-579-5564 or visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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