Date of Stay: June, 2014
Theodosia Park Campground can't be beat for a lakeside campground with convenience. This is not a remote and solitary style campground, it is located adjacent to the Theodosia Marina and Resort. The benefit to this is easy access to bait, boat rental and other amenities of marina and a restaurant, Cookies, with great tasting food and affordable prices. We stayed at site B 9, the pros were close to water and beach, great pavilion covering a nice sized picnic table, a campfire ring with grill and a separate BBQ grill with a cooking table and lots of space, the one con is that this site has no shade trees until the ones recently planted mature a bit. Restrooms were very clean. The showers were great, no push-button, timed showers here. Be sure not to pick the couple of sites that are right down by water's edge as they easily flood. You can park your boat at shore at the campground. We parked our kayaks and left them on the bank next to the boat ramp, all week, and no one bothered them. If you haven't been to Bull Shoals you will not be disappointed, the lake is not crowded, people are friendly and the water is so clean and beautiful.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Ferne Clyffe is a truly beautiful park. This is not an RV Park/Resort it is a campground. It does accommodate large RV's with some pull through sites. There are electric sites, tent sites, and backpack camping opportunities. Most sites were fairly level, we were able to level without any blocks, others used some but didn't seem to struggle. All sites have some shade. Clean, spacious campsites. Potable water located throughout campground. One set of pit toilets on each campground loop and a nice and clean bathroom and shower house in the middle. Aluminum recycling and garbage dumpster. Sewer dump station. Multiple playgrounds, picnic areas, and shelters throughout the park. Excellent hiking trails; if you don't do any you at least need to do the one at the back parking lot that leads to the waterfall, this is a nice level path, more like a maintenance road. Gorgeous rock formations, butterflies, and other wildlife. Stream is big enough to splash in but not swim. Lake is for fishing only, no boats - not even kayaks and no swimming. The lake is very pretty. Some folks took their kayaks to Cache River Wetlands and reported they had a good time. If you like some beer etc while camping make sure you bring it with you. The nearby town of Goreville is dry. Also, there was no campground host while we were at the park so get your ice in Goreville and your firewood from the boyscout, on your honor, wood lot in Goreville, across the road from Cheers gas station and behind the other local gas station. At the time we were there it was $4.00 a bundle and you put your money in the lock box.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
St. Francois is a nice park, not too far from St. Louis but far enough that you are in the country. What we enjoy most about this park is the hiking and the ability to get in the river and soak up the sun. Our dogs love swimming here, but be careful it can be fairly swiftly moving for an older or small dog. The campground was clean and sites were very level. As is typical of MO State parks, the sites were not small but also don't afford much space from neighbors. The pull through sites seem to give you the most space from neighbors but keep in mind that because of the way they sit you will see your neighbors campfire, picnic table area etc. Nice hiking right at the campground with views of the river from the trails. Bathroom and shower house was great. The showers are individual and enter from outside rather than from inside the bathroom area. Clean. One set of pit toilets in the middle of the campground. Potable water within easy walk of campsites. Sewer dump station available. Campground hosts were pleasant and have ice and firewood available. Nice playground area for the kids. The only major downside to us was the lack of space between sites. Our next door neighbors were noisy. If you are accustomed to MO State Parks you will not be disappointed.