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Old 11-10-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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Spring 2016 trip to Missouri

We are in the early stages of planning a trip to Missouri about mid-May 2016. We have a 38ft. 5th wheel toy hauler and will likely bring the motorcycle with us. In looking at the numerous beautiful state parks options, we've narrowed it down to Johnson Shut In SP and Lake of the Ozark SP to spend 3 to 4 days at each. Looking for any feedback from anyone that's camped in these parks or lives in the area that can suggest local site seeing opportunities, scenic hwy. for motorcycling, best dive food, pontoon rental, etc. What shouldn't I miss while in the show me state? Thanks in advance! John
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Old 11-10-2015, 04:53 PM   #2
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Johnson shut ins i s usually completely full so make sure you have reservations. Its full because its a beautiful place. the Campground is not within walking distance to the shut ins. But less than 5 minute drive. While in the area, make sure you check out Elephant Rocks state park as well

Lake of the Ozarks has a little bit of everything. i stay with friends who have a boat, so I will let others comment on that
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:47 PM   #3
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Johnson shut ins i s usually completely full so make sure you have reservations. Its full because its a beautiful place. the Campground is not within walking distance to the shut ins. But less than 5 minute drive. While in the area, make sure you check out Elephant Rocks state park as well

Lake of the Ozarks has a little bit of everything. i stay with friends who have a boat, so I will let others comment on that
Thank you for the reply. I plan on making reservations just as soon as the 6 month in advance reservation window opens…which is in a few days. We also considered staying at Elephant Rocks SP, but will definitely plan a day trip to that park.
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Elephant rocks doesn't have camping facilities, its day use only. But still very worth trip if you are at Johnson shut ins
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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X2 for Johnson Shut In park. We spent Labor Day weekend down there a couple of years ago and loved it. If you have kids--they will have a ball swimming through the rocks and small waterfalls and slides.
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:29 PM   #6
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We stayed at Lake Wappapello just east of Popular Bluff this summer. Its was a real nice area. Stayed at Redman Creek East campground which is really nice with full hookups. You can rent pontoons in the area also.
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:44 PM   #7
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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and Silver Mines Recreation Area are good choices for day trips in that area. If you're into float trips, the Black River at Lesterville, or find a livery for the St. Francois River in that area. The shut-ins offer some of the best white water kayaking in the state.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:09 PM   #8
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Stockton Lake north of Springfield is one of Missouri's best kept secrets. I have a 37' fiver and have stayed at Hawker Point or Ruark Bluff West many times. Springfield is about an hour away and has places of interest all around the area. Stockton's water is clear as a bell with lotsa good fishing. Boat rentals at Orleans Trails and Mutton Creek I believe.
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I live in Missouri and travel the area around Johnson Shut Ins frequently. The area is incredible as far as the rolling mountainous terrain. One area of interest is actually man made and that is the reservoir on top of Taum Sauk Mountain. The regional electric utility (AmerenMissouri) built a power generator there many years ago. The reservoir drains during the day and powers the turbine generators, then when it is almost empty, they pump all of the water from the lower reservoir back to the upper reservoir and begin the process all over again. about 10 or 12 years ago the upper reservoir broke and the evidence of the breach is still there. You will see it when you enter the JSI SP. There is a swath of the forest still visible from the top of the mountain straight into the SP. The Resident Rangers house was blown away by the force of the millions of gallons of water rushing down the mountain. he and family were NOT at home that friday night so my understanding is no casualties but an incredible event. The JSI Visitor Center was destroyed and since rebuilt and relocated out of the path of the reservoir and up on a hill side.
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At Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach Campground is good and close to a lot of things.
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