Big Lake State Park is the perfect destination for a vacation or family gathering in northwest Missouri. The 407-acre state park offers everything visitors need to create a memorable vacation with a campground, camper cabins, day-use area and access to Big Lake.
The park is located adjacent to Big Lake, the largest remaining oxbow lake in Missouri. The park’s location provides easy access to the lake, which is popular for boating and fishing. The shallow lake also supports wetlands that create an ideal refuge for wetland bird species and migratory waterfowl.
The combination of activities provided by the lake and the amenities provided in the park make Big Lake State Park the perfect spot for a family vacation or an afternoon of fun.
Big Lake State Park Missouri
7181, 204 Lake Shore Dr, Craig, MO 64437, United States
Sunrise to sunset, year-round.
PARK OFFICE HOURS:
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Big Lake State Park is open for day-use only during the 2021 season. Camping and lodging are not available.
tents set up in the campground next to the lakeThe campground offers basic and electric campsites and is fully reservable.
You are now able to reserve your Missouri State Parks campsite up to 12 months in advance, expanding from the previous six-month window.
IMPORTANT CAMPING INFORMATION:
This campground is fully reservable.
Reservable sites may be available to first-come, first-served users on a day-by-day basis if the site is not reserved. Before occupying a site, check with the park staff or follow the directions on the posted card.
During the off-season (Nov. 1 through April 14), potable water is available at the frost-free spigot at the dump station.
Campers planning to carry in firewood must comply with current firewood advisories.
Parking of watercraft or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trailers off of the campsite pad (usually in the grass) is permitted at this facility.
WiFi is not available at Big Lake State Park.
Cabins & Lodging
Enjoy the beauty of lakefront access at Big Lake State Park in one of eight premium camper cabins.
Big Lake State Park features eight premium camper cabins overlooking Big Lake. The log cabins provide accommodations for up to four adults and two children. These accommodations include a queen size bed, a full size futon and a carpeted loft for sleeping bags. Guests must provide their own towels, linens, sleeping bags, coffee and filters, and toiletries.
All cabins have air conditioning/ heating, bathroom with shower, kitchen with four-burner electric stove and oven, compact refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. Kitchen pots and pans, cooking utensils, dining sets, and trash cans/ trash bags are provided with cabin rental. There are no televisions, phones or Wi-Fi connections in the cabins.
Exterior amenities include a covered deck with lake view, picnic table, barbecue grill, outdoor fire ring and lantern post. Parking is designated for each unit and can accommodate two vehicles.
The camper cabins are available for rent from April 15 through Oct. 31. The on-season rate is $90 plus tax per night. The holiday weekend rate is $95 per night. Rates are for 1-6 occupants (four adults and two children). Full payment for your stay will be due at the time you make the reservation. Weekends require a two-night minimum stay. Holiday weekends require a three-night minimum stay.
Cabins 4 and 5 are ADA accessible.
bed inside cabinDogs are allowed in cabins 5 and 6 for an additional fee. Click on the Cabins for Canines link to the right for more information.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. with check-out by 11 a.m. Guests should check in at the campground check station upon arrival.
Tents or other alternate lodging accommodations are not allowed in the rental area. There are no telephones or televisions in the cabins. Cleanup and trash removal is the responsibility of the lodging guest and should be completed before check out. Smoking is not allowed inside any lodging unit.
Big Lake is a favorite spot in northwest Missouri for boating. The park offers a boat launch to make access to the lake easy and convenient. For those who don’t have a boat, the park rents two- and three-person canoes and single-person kayaks along with life jackets and paddles. Visitors can stop by the campground check station or park office to see what’s available.
Rent a kayak or a canoe at the park.
Canoes and kayaks:
Two-hour minimum rental, $5 per hour
$10 per hour late return fee
THINGS TO KNOW:
You can rent watercraft during the regular camping season at the campground check station starting at 9 a.m. The last rental is at 5 p.m. All rentals are due back by 7 p.m.
The appropriate number of paddles and safety vests will be issued for those using the watercraft.
The lessee will be charged for lost or damaged rental equipment. Charges for this equipment will be valued at replacement cost of like items.
The shallow waters of Big Lake create a fertile home for many species of fish, including bass, catfish, crappie and carp. Fishermen can try their luck from the shore or use the park’s boat launch to access the lake.
Sit at one of the picnic sites in the picnic area to enjoy a quick lunch or leisurely dinner with friends. Some sites are accessible. A playground is available in the day-use area. Restrooms are also available.
For your group get-togethers, there is an open picnic shelter with electricity located in the day-use area. It can be reserved for $35 per day. If not reserved, the shelter is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Shelter capacity is approximately 75 guests per outing.
Two playgrounds offer plenty of opportunities for fun by younger visitors. They are conveniently located in both the main day-use area and the campground.
Leave No Trace
Missouri State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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