Beat the heat at a Missouri state park

Summer brings sunshine and heat, and one of the best ways to cool off is by taking a dip in a river or lake in a Missouri state park. 

From hanging out in a quiet cove to exploring one of Missouri’s pristine rivers, Missouri state parks offer swimming experiences the whole family can enjoy.

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There are designated swimming beaches throughout the state for guests to cool off and enjoy time with family and friends during the outdoor recreational season.

The parks located on the big impounded lakes offer some of the greatest water recreation in Missouri. 

Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Wappapello, Long Branch, Pomme de Terre, Stockton, Harry S Truman and Mark Twain state parks all have large lakes perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. Each of these parks has a designated beach area.

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