Forest Lake, Missouri

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Forest Lake

Picture courtesy Missouri Department of Natural Resources


Forest Lake is the main attraction in the Thousand Hills State Park. The area is well kept, and gives you the feeling of being in the wild. The water is cool with woody shores including the savannas. There are several activities to enjoy in the park like fishing and boating, plus swimming in Forest Lake is allowed. You can have a picnic at several sites. The park also has trails for hiking and mountain biking. You can even spend the night camping or staying in one of the duplex cabins located right on the lake. The swimming beach has a snack bar, and there is also a restaurant inside the state park.

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LAKE SIZE:
Forest Lake in Missouri has 573 surface acres.

CONTACT INFO AND DIRECTIONS:
(660) 665-6995

From Kirksville, head east on W Washington st. toward S Franklin st. Take 2nd left on US-63 BUS N/N Marion st. Turn left on GN Green st. Take 3rd left on N Baltimore. Turn left on MO-6 W, Left on MO-157 S, turn right toward MO-157 S, turn right to MO-157 S then continue on Big Loop Rd.

GENERAL:
Boat Ramps, Docks, Picnic Area, Outdoor Grills, Restrooms, Cabins, Swimming Beach, Fishing Dock, Marina, Restaurant, Restrooms, Snack Bar

CAMPING:
Basic and Electric sites, Showers, Restrooms, Water, Dump Station

TRAILS:
Oak Trail – 0.20 mile one way
Red Bud Trail – 1.25 miles loop, starts at Craig’s Cove
Thousand Hills Trail – 10.5 miles one way, starts at main parking lot

FISH SPECIES:
Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Walleye

ACTIVITIES:
Fishing
Hiking
Camping
Mountain Biking
WATER SPORTS:
Boating
Swimming
Kayaking
Canoeing
Water Skiing
Wakeboarding
Jet Skiiing

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