What to do in Robertsville State Park

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Edward James Roberts once owned the land that is now Robertsville State Park. As one of the largest landowners in Franklin County at the time, the surrounding area became known as Robertsville. The Roberts family took advantage of the area's rich bottomland soils and its proximity to water to establish a very successful farm.

In the early 1900s, many St. Louis residents were attracted to a resort near Robertsville known as Meramec Terrace. The Meramec River, which provided a wide variety of recreational opportunities, was the highlight of many weekend escapes from city life. The Great Depression and World War II contributed to the decline of the weekend resort community.

Today, the land and the river attract visitors to Robertsville State Park. The 1,225-acre park features a variety of outdoor activities for visitors of all ages, including canoeing and fishing in the adjoining Meramec River. The shaded picnic area near the boat launch offers views of the Meramec and the surrounding scenic bluffs. Located near the entrance to the park, the large day-use area features two picnic shelters that are available for group reservation, several individual picnic sites and a playground. For those wishing to spend a night or more in the park, well-shaded basic and electric campsites are nestled among the wooded hills.

Robertsville State Park Campground InformationRobertsville State Park offers 12 basic and 15 electric campsites, a variety of which are reservable. Fees for first-come, first-served campers are collected at the campsite daily after 3 p.m.; firewood is available from the fee collector.

The campground is open daily March through November. Showers, laundry and a dump station are available during the on-season (April through October).

For reservations, there is a required minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Park Gate InformationPark gates close at 9 p.m. during the on-season and at 6 p.m. during the off-season. Campers need to be sure to arrive prior to gate closure time.

Fishing Smallmouth bass, bluegill and crappie are the primary fish in the Meramec River. The park offers approximately two miles of river bank access for those without watercraft.

Boat Launch There is a single-lane boat launch located at the day-use area on the Meramec River. It is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the on-season and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the off-season. Boaters are cautioned to check river and ramp conditions before attempting to launch.

Overnight camping is not permitted in this area. Due to the high volume of boat traffic, swimming is prohibited.

Picnic Area/Playground Two picnic shelters are available and can be reserved for $40 per day. If not reserved, each is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Each shelter has electricity, a group grill and can accommodate up to 75 people.

There are flush toilets and a playground located in this area. Reservations can be made by calling the park office.

Robertsville State ParkP.O. Box 186, Robertsville, MO 63072

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.

P.O. Box 186
Robertsville, MO 63072

Phone: 636-257-3788

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