Missouri State Parks are letting those people displaced by flooding along the Mississippi River, and in state-declared disaster counties, make their homes for free in some state park campgrounds. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, says it’s fairly easy to secure a place in the campgrounds; show documentation from a community meeting or the Red Cross stating that you have been displaced, and are from a county on the federal disaster list. The fee waiver is good for 30 days. Sites are available at Lake Wappapello State Park and Trail of Tears State Park; if more are needed, sites may be opened in other parks.  To reserve a campsite, contact the superintendents at Lake Wappapello (573-297-3232) or Trail of Tears (573-290-5340), or for more information visit mostateparks.com.

A number of parks have experienced some flooding this year, but most parks are open for visitation now.  However, two parks have been flooded out due to the breaching of the Birds’ Point Levee–Towosahgy State Historic Site, and Big Oak Tree.  Bryan says these two parks could be underwater for as long as 30 to 60 days.

Towosahgy Mounds, photo courtesy Missouri Dept. of Conservation