Tag Archives: Missouri outdoors

Exploring Missouri State Parks: Weston Bend

Located just northwest of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Weston Bend State Park sits on a bend of the Missouri River near the site of the once-thriving town of Weston. In 1804, Lewis and Clark arrived in the area and noted evidence of an old Indian village on the opposite side of the river. Fort Leavenworth was established in 1827 …

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Hike, Bike & Sip Your Way through Cape Girardeau this Fall

Explore Cape Girardeau in the fall, when the weather and leaves are at their best, on your bike or on a hike, while finishing up your active day with a trip to a local winery or microbrewery. Bring your bike with you to Cape Girardeau and take a ride along the Mississippi River at Riverfront Park.  This paved, 1.25 mile …

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Ha Ha Tonka: A Historical Place to Play

What could be more exciting for outdoor adventure-lovers than hiking through old castle ruins with beautiful Ozark lakes and forest covered hills as your backdrop? Grab your walking shoes and a camera and head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in the Lake of the Ozarks. Through 15 miles of trails (and boardwalks) you can see what’s left of a …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Lake of the Ozarks

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest, …

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Grab a Bite to Eat at Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites

When you think of heading to a state park or historic site, you may think of campfire cooking or picnics.  But eleven of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites also have on-site dining options.  You can find everything from a small grill inside of a store to full-service restaurants where you can enjoy trout, fried chicken and cobbler for dessert.  …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Table Rock

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Located on Table Rock Lake and near the Branson …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Johnson’s Shut-Ins

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! This December marks the 10th anniversary of the devastation, …

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A Different Look at Kids Fishing: Today’s Youth Angler

A few weeks ago, as springtime started peaking around the corner, my thoughts turned to bass and crappie fishing in ponds and smaller bodies of water and getting the young anglers out and about. Normally, when I think about taking kids fishing, my mind goes straight to what type of bait or lures to use, what size and style of …

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Finding the Best Places to Fish in Missouri

One of the reasons I love living in Missouri so much is our great topographic diversity. When you combined that with four distinct weather seasons, the outcome is a state full of lakes, streams and rivers with their own “personalities.” No two lakes, rivers or streams fish exactly the same; each changes not only from year to year, season to …

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