Middlebrook, Missouri

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Middlebrook, Missouri



Middlebrook, Missouri
Phone: (573) 546-2450

Sites: 65
Recent Rate: $23 6/2015

Latitude: 37.5602959965783
Longitude: -90.8538436889648

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

10 Reviews

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Iraqvet05

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived on a Friday for a 4-night stay in loop 3. The check-in process was easy and the staff was very nice and provided us with a campground map. Our first stop was at the fresh water fill, which was very slow. For some reason, they have a water pressure regulator on the potable water faucet which made a 90 gallon fill last about 25 minutes. Loop 3 is a premium electric site and the sites are well spaced and pretty level with a concrete pad. We had an ant problem at the site and I wished I had bought some insect spray as we kept finding them in our TT and climbing up the stabilizer legs. I used the shower and toilet in our trailer but my wife used the loop's flushing toilets and shower. She reported they were clean but the showers do not have vent fans and were very damp and humid. The campground store has a fair amount of items but a bit costly. The staff at the store and the park ranger I talked to on a few occasions was very friendly and offered us suggestions on places to swim since the Shut In's river was closed due to high water. One annoyance I had was with some of the grounds crew. They used gas powered leaf blowers to clean off the porch area at the store while my wife and I sat at the outdoor tables...very loud and annoying. The laundry room had 4 working washers and 4 dryers and was fairly clean. There was no Sprint or AT&T cell service in the CG and the store Wi-Fi is a bit slow. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Visit Bonne Terre mine, the Missouri Mine State historical site in Park Hill, swim at the Farmington, MO city pool if swimming is closed at the Shut Ins, visit Elephant Rocks state park and see the cool rock formations and names carved in the rock quarry from the 1890s and early 1900s.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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PegL

Review Count: 103
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The only downside to this campground is the route you have to drive to get there! Narrow, winding, curvy, hilly, no shoulders on many of the roads and that's just the roads to get to the state park! Once inside the campground, the roads are adequate and nicely laid out with ample room between sites and room to get backed into back-in sites. There are several loops with a variety of services from which to select.

You are very cut off from the outside world in this park! There's no internet, phone or TV to be had anywhere in the campground. Even at the store where we were told you could get service, we didn't find anything on either Verizon or AT&T. We didn't really find this to be a huge problem other than us personally adjusting and changing habits for a few days.

All the staff we talked to were very friendly and helpful. The surrounding scenery and the river are amazing! Well worth the visit. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

A side trip to see Elephant Rocks State Park should be mandatory while staying here! It's only 14 miles away and is amazing! Kids especially will love all the big rocks.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Penny C

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The check-in process was easy. The staff was friendly. The sites have nice, concrete pads. We stayed in Site 210. It was very nice and spacious. There is no Verizon cell phone service whatsoever in this campground area, but I do not think that is any fault of the campground. The only Wi-Fi signal available is at the campground store. The campground store is closed during the week between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. This is very inconvenient considering this is the time of day when most campers are active and are in need of things, like ice for their coolers. The campground store had moldy sandwiches in their refrigerated area. The cashier (an older lady) was very slow, and the computer point-of-sale program appeared to be less than adequate, both of which resulted in our standing in a long line for a long period of time. My 17 year-old son took a shower in the shower house. He said the shower ran cold the entire time and never warmed up even though he had it all the way on hot. He even tried putting in all the way on cold just in case the faucet was installed incorrectly, but it still only ran cold. Overall, this is a nice basic campground, as long as you don't use the showers, don't need Wi-Fi or Verizon cell service and don't need anything from a campground store. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Motorhome.

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Martin

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an almost-new campground, rebuilt after the Ameren dam breach of 2005 washed away the old campground. As someone else told us, "this campground is so nice you almost wish Ameren would trash a few more parks." Campsites are spacious, with good shade in four of the five loops (the loop right as you enter the campground has no shade, but would be good for someone who finds satellite access critical). Electric sites are 50 amp, with posts that still look almost brand new. Restrooms and showers were adequate, with good water pressure--my only ding is that they need more staff to keep them clean on busy summer weekends. The pride and joy of the park is the natural water park of the Shut-Ins, but take time to hit the Visitor Center, which has excellent exhibits on the geology and ecology of the park, as well as the dam breach. Also try to take time to visit nearby Elephant Rocks State Park--kids love it. One warning. This part of Missouri is The Land That Telecommunications Forgot. Our Verizon phones had no signal (voice or data), and neither did my work Blackberry (on the AT&T network). We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Motorhome.

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Bearpup

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $26.00
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This is a wonderful campground and would be particularly nice for families. There are miles of bike trails in the campground and you can rent bikes at the campground store. There's also a small playground. Wi-Fi and cell phone service is not available at most sites; however, the camp store has a Wi-Fi hot spot that is available 24/7. We were in Loop 2 and able to walk the short distance to the nice little camp store. All sites are paved, but not laterally level (probably for drainage). We were a little disappointed in the restrooms. There were only two showers; suspect that Loop 2 has mostly big rigs. We use campground showers though, and this one had no sink and was kind of dark. Did like the privacy of the shower. The Shut-Ins is a great park and well worth a few days' visit. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Filster

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very spacious and somewhat private sites, some with with concrete pads. No TV or radio reception. Had to go up by the store for WiFi connection. No campground host. Very pretty location. Great if you're looking for somewhere to camp and relax and get away from it all. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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User3173

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is clean, good spacing between sites. Roads are good. Pull thru sites are well done, lots of room and give you nice privacy and still some shade and trees. Campers have private parking for shut in swimming area, so the drive over was quick and easy. Great bike paths for kids. Good variety of things at the store. Staff was friendly. Shut-Ins are lots of fun, can get crowded, we swam in the morning and evenings and had the place mostly to ourself. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Robert R

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

There is Wi-Fi available at the campground store. The restrooms are clean with concrete floors. The handicapped grab bar is 3 inches below the hand dryer which was a poor design choice. I would stay here again. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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jstrom

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $25.00
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This is a new campground that has replaced the old one from the flood. We also stayed in loop 2. I really don't have much to add that wasn't mentioned previously. A nice place. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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kdgran

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our first visit since the flood. The new campground is very nice but has a few quirks and needs a few years to mature. We stayed in loop 2 (full hookups). The campground is almost 1 mile from the actual Shut-in's area so be prepared to drive back and forth. But campers still get priority entry into the park. The camping area is not serviced by the hosts very much. Check-in area is open from 3-6pm and the store is open approximately 8-11am and 5-9pm. The playground area is by the store and not visible from any of the campsites. There is also a dip in the road in loop 1. If you have a low clearance trailer there is a good chance you will drag. Also there are surprisingly few trash dumpsters. Even with these items the campground is clean and much nicer than the old one. We will definitely be back next summer. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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