What to do in Finger Lakes State Park

**Note: This information was provided by www.mostateparks.com.

While enjoying a day at Finger Lakes State Park, visitors may hear more than just the sounds of nature. The steady humming and ever-changing pitch of off-road motor vehicles may linger in the background, as off-road riding is the most popular activity at the park.

Once the site of a coal strip-mining operation, the man-made landscape of Finger Lakes State Park has been transformed into a recreational area providing a variety of amusement options. The more than 70 miles of off-road motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle trails and motocross track attract people from around the country. A one-and-a-half mile-long corridor of water, ideal for canoeing, fishing, swimming and scuba diving, features a large sand swimming beach.

A pleasant, wooded area in the center of the park has been preserved for picnicking, and provides welcome shaded relief from the summer sun. A shaded camping area, featuring basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms and showers, is available for those wishing to add another day of play to their schedule.

Whether in the market for a slow-paced day of relaxation or a fast-paced day of adventure, Finger Lakes State Parks can satisfy your craving.

Finger Lakes State Park offers 19 basic and 16 electric campsites. There is one electric accessible site, one electric campground host site and one basic accessible site. Services include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers and water. Water to the campground is shut off and the showerhouse is closed during the off-season. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

There is one picnic area in the park.

Recreation
The park has over 70 miles of trails designated for ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes. The park is set up as an open-riding park. There are a few areas that are off limits for riding, which include the campground, park service area and beach area. There is one main trail that runs north and south in the western section of the park and is marked with green arrows on orange posts. This is the only trail that is marked that takes you to and from the campground and motocross area. It also takes you to the southern-most end of the park with a return trip on the same trail. The majority of the trails are not marked, but they lead you back to the main trail. Additional designated and marked trails are under construction. With the vast number of trails and the open-riding concept in place, a map of all the trails is unavailable. Plan your trip ahead of time and always ride in groups of two or more.

Location
1505 E. Peabody Road

Columbia, MO 65202

Climate
Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.

Address
1505 E. Peabody Road
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: 573-443-5315

Email: moparks@dnr.mo.gov
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