Cuivre River State Park offers even more to do during the summer months

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

Cuivre entrance sign

Cuivre River State Park (CRSP) employees have been busy filling up their schedules with new and fun activities for the public to participate in during the summer. Now that the kids are out of school see all the great things they can do!

What’s new in the park:

•As of May 11, Cuivre River State Park started hosting a farmers’ market that takes place every other weekend at the park office. These Farmers’ Market begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. and are set up next to the Visitor Center.

•Cuivre River State Park holds interactive programs every Saturday night at the campground amphitheater. These programs are free to the public and will bring you up close to some of natures greatest creatures from the area. Times for the events vary, but can be found on Cuivre River State Park’s Facebook. There you can also find information on the kid friendly nature hikes held on Sunday mornings.

•Eric Gregory, Natural Resource Manager/Superintendent, is now a licensed Kayak Instructor and is planning to offer free kayak classes beginning later this month. Kayaks, and canoe rentals were added to the park several years ago and now CRSP has stand-up paddle board and bike rentals to peek even more recreational use in the park. Spend your days cooling off at the park in a canoe, kayak or paddle board or get in a great workout on the trails while riding a bike.

•Have a picnic in the updated picnic area and then pay a visit to Lake Lincoln for some fishing, boating or even take a swim down at the beach area.

•Don’t forget the free wifi on CRSP’s campground sites. You can choose to stay in touch with social media, listen to music through your favorite online website, watch spooky movies in your tents before going to bed, or you can go offline for a nice and peaceful time in the great outdoors. The possibilities are endless.

•Make sure to keep your attention to CRSP’s Facebook page as there will be an announcement soon about a project to improve the ADA fishing access on the Lake.

•Improvements to the equestrian campgrounds will be coming soon as well as a planned 5K – 10K charity walk, which will be sponsored by Bondine Aluminum and coordinated by Fleet Feet Sports. The event will take place on September 24, 2014. Signups will be available on the Fleet Feet Sports’ website in the next month or two. Check The Lincoln County Journal for this information and Cuivre River State Park’s Facebook page as well as Fleet Feet Sports.

All of these great things in the park are provided to the public either free or at a low cost for rentals. CRSP is one of the largest parks in Missouri. Volunteers are a huge part of keeping the park clean and ready for family friendly fun. CRSP is always looking for volunteer help with trash clean up, events, and much more, so bring your walking shoes, get out in nature and make a difference in our beloved park.

The park is also considered to be the second largest trail system state park with 42-miles of trails. They recently finished a new trail by the old school house, which is a four-mile trail called School House Trail. CRSP also has a 10-mile mountain bike course. All the trails can be seen on the new trail maps at the park office. Bodine Aluminum, 47 West Trailers and The Troy Chamber of Commerce helped to make these maps possible by donating funds for them to be printed for the public’s knowledge.

For rentals and more information visit http://mostateparks.com/park/cuivre-river-state-park or “like” them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

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