Wakonda State Park
|Wakonda State Park|
A campsite at the Wakonda State Park campground
|Location||Lewis, Missouri, United States|
|Area||1,053.87 acres (4.2649 km2)|
|Elevation||814 ft (248 m)|
|Governing body||Missouri Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Wakonda State Park|
The park occupies one of the few remaining sand prairie areas found along the central and northern Mississippi River. During the last Ice Age, glacial movement left large deposits of high quality gravel and sand. Beginning in 1924, the Missouri Highway Commission contracted with private companies to remove gravel deposits for use in road surfacing. The depth of the gravel required open-pit mining techniques which eventually led to the creation of the six lakes that dot the park's landscape. By the 1980s, some 26 million tons of sand and gravel had been removed from the area.
The park was established in 1960 on 273 acres (110 ha) transferred from the Missouri Highway Commission. Its name "Wakonda" was taken from an Osage Indian word meaning something consecrated or spiritual. Further land purchases by the state included a 777-acre (314 ha) tract added to the park in 1992.
Activities and amenities
The park's lakes are used for fishing, swimming, and small-motor and non-motorized boating. There are two campgrounds with a total of more than 100 campsites and trails for hiking and bicycling.
- "Wakonda State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Wakonda State Park: Data Sheet" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. November 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- "Wakonda State Park". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
- "Wakonda State Park: General Information". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 4, 2014.