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Some Missouri State Parks To Close To Curb The Spread Of COVID 19

Elephant Rocks State Park
MO DNR
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Elephant Rocks State Park
Elephant Rocks State Park
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Elephant Rocks State Park

State parks in Missouri will be closed as of 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to address overcrowding as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to close Castlewood, Elephant Rocks, Watkins Woolen Mill and Weston Bend State Parks.  St. Joe State Park will close the off-road vehicle riding area.

The closures will last until April 30.

Missouri DNR director, Carol Comer, said, as conditions and recommendations change, they’ll make additional closures as needed. 

If you visit a park that’s still open, be sure to keep a six-foot distance from others, avoid crowded areas and stay home if you’re sick.

Learn more about the closures here.  

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.