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Wakonda State Park, La Grange

#172 of 276 in Parks in Missouri
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Wakonda State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri consisting of 1053.87acres near La Grange in Lewis County.
Wakonda, an Osage Indian word meaning something consecrated or spiritual, was established by the Missouri State Park Board in 1960 on transferred from the Missouri Highway Commission. The area is one of the few remaining sand prairie areas to be found along the central and northern Mississippi River. During the Ice Age, glacial movement left large deposits of high quality gravel and sand. Beginning in 1924, the Missouri Highway Commission contracted with private companies to remove the large gravel deposits for use in road surfacing materials. The gravel was very deep, requiring open-pit mining techniques which eventually led to the creation of the six lakes that dot the Wakonda park landscape. By the 1980s, some 26 million tons of sand and gravel had been removed from the area. Additional land purchases by the state, including a 777acre tract in 1992, created the park's current dimensions.
The park's lakes are used for fishing, swimming, and small-motor and non-motorized boating. There are two campgrounds with a total of more than 100 campsites and trails for hiking and bicycling.
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  • This was our first trip here! We loved it!!!!!!Perfectly flat! Bring your bikes! Great kayaking! Great fishing! Kids had a great time and adults! If I had to choose a negative thing... the campsites.....  more »
  • We camped here overnight in the Boulder campground. If you are reserving your site in advance, you can see a Google street view of the entire campground to help you choose. The beach is excellent...  more »
  • Peaceful place and well kept. Great lakes for fishing, walking trails and campgrounds of all kinds
  • Boulder Lake camp area is beautiful, super clean well manicured sites, just a wonderful park

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