9 Lovely Little Lakes

Many of Missouri's smaller lakes rival the pleasures of our bigger, better-known lakes. Whether you favor a city setting or a country escape, you're sure to find something that strikes your fancy. These are just a few standouts.

An Aquatic Playground

Boasting six lakes, Missouri's largest natural sand beach, a rare sand prairie, and a series of hiking and biking trails, Wakonda State Park is a popular attraction for boating enthusiasts, birders, campers, and other nature lovers.

Sail Away: Adventure Awaits on These Water Rides

You don't have to travel far to indulge in a luxury cruise. These companies are ready to whisk you away for an afternoon or evening of fun. Order a drink and take in the scenery from one of these beautiful riverboats, catamarans, or yachts.

From Disaster to Delight, the Story of Route 66 State Park

Years after catastrophe forced an entire town to evacuate, the area has been cleaned up and rebuilt as Route 66 State Park. For St. Louis County residents, it's a popular place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature.

Diving Dogs, Duck Calls, and So Much More

Waterfowl enthusiasts won't want to miss Squadfest, an extravaganza of all things outdoors. From dock-diving dogs to duck call competitions to a vendor fair featuring an extensive array of products, it's the perfect way to spend the day.

Space for Reflection

Gov. Daniel Dunklin's Grave State Historic Site is a one-acre cemetery plot. Here visitors can reflect on Dunklin's achievements, which include the establishment of tax-supported public school systems, and take in the view of the Mississippi.

Racing Down the Osage

Novice and experienced kayakers are invited to compete in the Riverfront Day Kayak Race. The route takes racers down a historic shipping route from Roscoe to Osceola and offers boatloads of fun for paddlers and spectators alike.

Life Flying on Water

The Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club chases the thrill.

At Don Robinson State Park, A Conservation Legacy

Once the personal retreat of an unconventional entrepreneur, Don Robinson State Park—one of the newest in Missouri's state park system—offers a unique geological diversity and is home to an array of rare and unusual plants.

Tiny Hooves and Big Hearts

At R&R Ranch, Stacy Rolfe offers a happy—and picturesque—home to miniature horses that have been abandoned or abused. Visitors are invited to tour this special sanctuary and learn about how the horses are cared for and what they've overcome.