Lewis and Clark State Park

801 Lake Crest Boulevard
Rushville, MO 64484


The Lewis and Clark Expedition headed west in 1804 and encountered a lake that William Clark described as “full of Geese & Goslings.” Today, that lake is Lewis and Clark Lake, which is bordered by Lewis and Clark State Park. The park’s broad open spaces make it a favorite for families who take advantage of the scenic picnic areas and playground. Bird watchers come to Lewis and Clark to watch geese, great blue herons, eagles, swans and snowy egrets flock to the oxbow lake throughout the seasons.


The campground at Lewis and Clark State Park has both basic campsites and those with electrical hookups. The level and roomy campsites make it easy to maneuver a large recreational vehicle.

To make a reservation or view campsite details, photos and availability, go to the reservation website by clicking the “Make a Reservation Now” link below. Reservations may also be made by calling toll free 877-ICampMO (877-422-6766)


Fish in the 365-acre Lewis and Clark Lake, commonly called Sugar Lake. The shallow areas of the lake make fertile fish grounds for channel catfish, carp, buffalo and other game and some nongame fish.

Picnic Areas

Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the numerous picnic tables with grills scattered along the lake's shoreline in the shade of stately cottonwood, sycamore and walnut trees. The day-use area also offers fishing, an open shelter house, modern restrooms and playground equipment.

For larger gatherings, you can reserve the open picnic shelter, which was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This shelter, which has electricity and water, can be reserved for $50 per day.

A playground is available in the day-use area.

Boat Launch

Access the lake via the boat launch in the day-use area

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