Due to its close proximity to St. Louis, St. Francois State Park is popular and crowded during the summer months. Many of the electric sites are reservable with a two day minimum stay. Only 63 of the 110 sites have electricity. Water is available in the campground but not at the individual sites and there is a dump station in the campground. There is a playground for the children and a hiking trail begins and ends at the east end of the campground. The Big River which forms the southern boundary of the park offers fishing for bass, catfish, and sunfish. A park naturalist offers nature walks, slide shows, movies and demonstrations on a variety of naturalist activities. Many of the programs are held in the park's outdoor amphitheater located near the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.