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Posted On 11/01/2018 16:57:16
Trip Date 04/17/2018
Camping | Missouri | Rushville | Camping near Kansas City | RVing near Kansas City | Lewis and Clark State Park Review | Missouri State Parks | Camping in Missouri
A couple of months before our visit, we reserved a campsite for five evenings in Rushville, Missouri. We hoped
that, upon our arrival, we would be able to add one additional night (April 13) that was not reservable as it was prior to
the opening date for reservations. As the park was virtually empty during our entire stay, we were in luck!
If you'll be visiting the Kansas City area, take a look at this review of Lewis and Clark State Park. Although our
visit was during the off-season, after six nights at the park, we got a good feel for the campsite amenities as well as
what there is to do both inside the park and nearby.
Entrance to Lewis and Clark State Park
Campground Amenities at Lewis and Clark State Park
With 70 campsites, Lewis and Clark State
Park is open year round, however reservations (as well as showers and water) are only available between April 15 and
October 31. We arrived on the day prior to opening for the season and the park was clean and well-maintained, and as
we expected, it was also virtually empty. Although we never entered the facilities, there were on site restrooms,
showers and laundry machines available. For those spending time at the park during the off season, there is one frost
free water spigot available at the park maintenance building.
With Scott's family living a short distance away in Kansas City, Missouri, the majority of our time was spent away
from the park. In addition to some time each morning and evening, we also devoted one entire evening to exploring the
park in an effort to see all that it had to offer.
Located just across the road from the campground is a hiking trail which leads to an interpretive trail / center. A short
walk from the campground to the shoreline takes you past the two playgrounds in the park plus a large reservable picnic
shelter with a fireplace and large grill. In addition to watching the sun set as we neared Lewis and Clark Lake,
we saw several people fishing near the many shore side picnic tables and grills.
Sunset Over Lewis and Clark Lake
The total cost (including fees) for our six night stay was $140.50. In addition to nightly camping fees, an $8.50 non-
refundable fee is charged for advance reservations. The off-season rate for our site (through April 14) was $21.00 per
night. With the unpredictably cool (or should I say cold) weather during our stay, we woke up to snow on Sunday, April
15 just as the on-season nightly rate of $23.00 took effect!
Campsite Amenities at Lewis and Clark State Park
Advance reservations can be made online for in-season dates (April 15 - October 31) with a minimum stay of two nights
required for weekend stays. All 70 campsites at Lewis and Clark State
Park were well maintained and clean with relatively flat gravel parking areas. Sites are shaded by large canopy trees
and have both a table (some even have covered tables) and fire pit. The sites are a combination of pull-through and
back-in from the narrow roads throughout the park. While many sites do have on-site electric (30- or 50-amp), water
and sewer are only available at a central location near the entrance/exit.
We were greeted promptly upon our arrival by the Volunteer Park Host, likely since he was not expecting us until the
following day. As he could only accept cash payments, we waited until the morning following our arrival to pay for our
additional night of camping. Our site (# 55) was a pull-through premium site with 50-amp electric. As was typical in the
park, the site was ready for campers when we arrived. Site 55 is relatively flat and has an uncovered table and fire pit
with a grate. Although the site is well shaded by very tall trees, none of the trees will accommodate hammocks due to
the distance between them.
Site 55 with a Dusting of Snow
Our phone and data service service through our two providers (Verizon and T-Mobile) was good, as was the broadcast
television available in the area.
Favorite Campsites at Lewis and Clark State Park
With the entire campground being well shaded by a large number of canopy trees, in our opinion the sites in the
campground are all quite similar. If we were to return, our choice of sites would solely depend on the amenities that we
wanted at the time of our visit - premium vs. regular utilities and a pull-through vs. back-in site.
Hiking at Lewis and Clark State Park
The park has one hiking trail which leads to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. We walked the entire
length of the paved walkway which is lined with some informational displays about Lewis and Clark and ends at a scenic
overlook. In addition to the view of the lake, a large compass is surrounded by a series of stone benches engraved with
the names of all of the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Scenic Overlook at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Our Abrupt Departure
Our six nights turned into five nights after we passed a large forest fire just a couple of miles down the road during our
return to "RV There Yet?" on our final evening. Just before calling it a night, we decided to take one final look at the fire.
The wind was gusting and rather than decreasing in size, the fire had grown ... and appeared closer to the campground.
We decided not to take any chances, so we quickly packed up, dumped our grey and black tanks and headed to the
Walmart in Atchison, Kansas where they happily allowed us to park for the evening to get a good nights
sleep. With a last minute decision to make our early departure, there was no opportunity for getting a refund, but
fortunately our new amenity-free spot was complimentary!
Smoke anrd Flames Causing our Abrupt Departure
Camping in Missouri
In our limited amount of time as RV owners, we have not been successful at finding campgrounds that offer on-site
water in the state of Missouri (most likely due to the frequent freezing winter weather). Even after our rather abrupt
departure, we did enjoy our stay at Lewis and Clark State Park. We will, however, continue our search for a park in the
outskirts of Kansas City with both electric and on-site water (or at least water nearer to the campsites) and, depending
on the additional charge, on-site sewer as well.
Local Attractions Near Lewis and Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park is located about 45 minutes from Kansas City and only about 15 miles away from the city of
Weston, Missouri. Check out our post titled Review: Weston Bend State Park for a review of our two
night stay in July 2017 just down the road from Lewis and Clark State Park.
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Posted On 11/01/2018 16:57:16
Last Editor Stacy
Location Lewis and Clark State Park, Lewis and Clark Village, MO, United States