Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Missouri State Park

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148 Taum Sauk Trail Lesterville, MO 63654 573-546-2450 Reservations: 877-422-6766 Official Website

GPS: 37.5601, -90.8525

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Overview of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Number of Sites 79

Pad Type concrete

Reservations yes

Elevation 853 ft / 259 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Last reported 3/23/2019
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Last reported 5/16/2019
18' Aliner Ranger 15
Chevrolet Equinox
1 review
“Beautiful park / interesting sites all around”

Reviewed 5/16/2019

Nightly rate: $11
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: Loop 4 - basic - 411
Overall Rating

Beautiful state park. Stayed in basic site with my travel trailer 4/27-29/19. Concrete pad large enough for suv, 18’ trailer, picnic table, and fire ring. Good space between sites with trees and shrubs providing privacy. Hiking trail winds around campground and another hiking/biking trail leads to the Shut-Ins. A small stream flows through campground. Also near Elephant Rock and Taum Sauk. Shut-Ins fantastic. Scour trail interesting, especially after learning about the dam breach at the very nice interpretive center. Nice cabins available for rent, walk-in tent sites, and equestrian sites and trail. Bathrooms new and relatively clean. Bikes available for rent at camp store. Wonderful time exploring the park and the adjoining area.

Site Quality

Sandy would stay here again

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3 reviews
“Read fine print in off season!!”

Reviewed 3/23/2019

Nightly rate: $28
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 204
Overall Rating

I would have loved to give this place 5 stars, but not reading the fine print got me and another family. The park is clean and most spots had plenty of space between them. Pads were concrete and mostly level. Plenty of pull through spots also. The equestrian loop didnt seem to have many trees. Not a horse guy so not sure if there is a reason.
My family and another booked online. Most spots were reserved so we figured this is a great spot. When I arrived (from out of state) I found out that the “season” didnt start till April 1. That means no water at sites, only select bathrooms were open (of course not the ones next to us) and none of the stores/visitor’s center were open! Water was available at certain places so we decided to stay and use our water jugs. I guess everyone else read the fine print because us and the other family with us were the only campers in the park besides the host. The host were nice and didnt bother us too much. They kept trying to sell us their over priced firewood (4 sticks for $5!!). I found a local 2 miles from the campground that sold me a stack for same price. Plenty of hikes at this park and the area. There were several stores and laundry facilities that will be open during season. Bike rental and other things available too. Have kids bring their bikes and scooters. Plenty of places to ride and run. Bathrooms and showers were individualized which is nice for families and small kids. AT&T had limited to no cell service. Had to drive to certain locations to get a signal. MO State Parks is missing out on Spring Break crowds not opening this a month earlier.

Site Quality

War Wagon would stay here again

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Betty & Dan
23' Forest River Micro Lite 23FBKS
Ford Expedition
3 reviews
6 Things to do at Johnson Shut-Ins

1. Camp Johnson Shut-Ins State Park Site 220 There are 5 campground loops at Johnson Shut-Ins, a Missouri state park. We stayed in Loop 2, the loop with full hook up sites. The sites were ver...

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • ADA Accessible
  • laundry
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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