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story.lead_photo.caption Several individuals of all ages enjoyed fishing last weekend off the public docks at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton. Photo by Ceil Abbott / News Tribune.

Missouri State Parks is offering same-day reservations at most park and historic site campgrounds this season.

The only exceptions are campsites at Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Prairie and Taum Sauk Mountain state parks, which remain available on a walk-up registration basis only.

To ensure a camping spot, campers are encouraged to make a reservation before arriving at the park. Most campgrounds can be reserved, and any campsites not reserved are available on a walk-up registration basis. Campers must pay the camping rate before occupying the site.

Shower houses and modern restrooms are available during the park's camping season. Firewood and ice are available for purchase at most locations during operating hours. For more information on specific hours, contact the park or historic site office directly.

State park and historic site day-use areas are also now open. Playgrounds, trails, boat launches and picnic areas are open as well, along with most indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices.

Visitors can be better prepared for their outing by viewing the online park and site status map before heading out. For visitors who may have questions or need assistance, contact information for Missouri State Parks staff will be posted on signs throughout the park.

When visiting a Missouri state park or historic site, visitors are still encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and take action to protect themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns.

For more information on camping, visit Same-day reservations can be made online at or through the reservation call center at 877-422-6766 until 7 p.m. on the day of arrival during the park's reservable campsite season.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit

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