Nine Missouri state parks to temporarily close for managed deer hunts

Antlered Deer in the forest

To safely and effectively manage the deer population in some state parks, managed deer hunts are held in a coordinated effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The following parks may be temporarily closed on the specified dates listed below.

  • Bennett Spring State Park – Dec. 8-9, 2020
  • Mark Twain State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and Historic Site – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Ha Ha Tonka State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Knob Noster State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Pomme de Terre (Hermitage Only) – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • St. Joe State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020
  • Truman State Park – Dec. 12-13, 2020

Before heading to a Missouri state park, check the Park and Site Status Map at for any temporary closures that may impact your visit.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns. Come prepared with hand sanitizer and bottled water, avoid large and congested crowds, and please stay home if sick. Face coverings are encouraged.