Finger Lakes State Park
|Finger Lakes State Park|
|Missouri State Park|
|Area||1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)|
Finger Lakes State Park is a state park in the state of Missouri consisting of 1,128.69 acres (456.76 ha) in Boone County near the city of Columbia. Activities available at the park include camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, mountain biking, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding.
The park is unusual in that the site of the park was reclaimed after having been strip mined for coal. Between 1964 and 1967 the area was known as Peabody Coal's Mark Twain Mine, from which the company removed 1.2 million short tons (1.1 Tg) of coal. Peabody donated the land to the state for use as a park, and the state restored the site with one of a dozen federal grants issued with the intent to demonstrate the conversion of strip-mined land to recreational use.
The park has many hills and gullies that are crossed by more than 70 miles (110 km) of trails for off-road motorcycles, ATVs, and motocross. Finger Lakes is one of two state parks in Missouri used for off-road vehicles. The history of the other, St. Joe State Park, is also connected with mining.
A 1.5-mile (2.4 km) long corridor of water, created by joining small isolated lakes left by the mining, are used for canoeing, fishing, swimming, and scuba diving. The lake features a large sand beach. A shaded camping area has 35 sites, 16 of which have electricity.
- "General Information". Finger Lakes State Park. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2009-01-02.