5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Missouri

By Kerrie Hatcher

5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Missouri

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If you’re going camping, why not enhance the experience by doing it on a lakefront spot? Camping by the water not only provides awe-inspiring views, but ample opportunity for water recreation such as swimming, kayaking, and boating. Make your reservations at these five excellent beach campsites in Missouri. 

1. Pomme de Terre State Park

Pomme de Terre Lake is located where Lindley Creek and the Pomme de Terre River merge in southwest Missouri. Pomme de Terre State Park offers campgrounds in both the Pittsburg and Hermitage areas of the park. Both campgrounds feature a variety of amenities and family campsites for campers who need a little extra space. The Pittsburg campground area features a full-service marina, beach, picnic area, and trails. The Hermitage area features amenities that include a large beach, picnic area, and trails.

2. Loggers Lake Campground

Part of the Mark Twain National Forest, Loggers Lake Campground was constructed in 1942. For people who love to fish, this is your spot. The spring-fed lake is maintained as a fishery and boats with electric motors are the only ones permitted—so it will be a quiet, relaxing experience. Other amenities include great hiking areas, kayak rentals, and prime star gazing. 

3. Big Lake State Park

With a campground, camper cabins, day-use area, and access to Big Lake, this 407-acre state park offers endless amenities for an unforgettable getaway. Big Lake, popular for boating and fishing, is the largest remaining oxbow lake in Missouri. While camping here, you’ll enjoy the wetland bird species and migratory waterfowl that are supported by the shallow waters of Big Lake.

4. Stockton State Park

Stockton State Park offers a range of lodging options from campsites to cabins and the clear waters of Stockton Lake are great for recreational water activities. Campers who are interested in sailing will be happy to know that a nationally-recognized sailing school is housed at the marina here. The area is perfect for sailing due to a perpetual southwest breeze. Campers also enjoy the interesting wildlife, picnicking with the family, or just taking in the beauty of southern Missouri.

5. Lake Wappapello State Park

Lake Wappapello State Park offers campsites that range from basic to electric to sewer/electric/water. Family campsites at Lake Wappapello feature two camping pads as well as two tables, grills, and lantern posts. At Lake Wappapello, visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and fishing for crappie, catfish, and bass. 

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