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Missouri State Park Dog Information

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Division of State Parks

P.O. Box 176

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Missouri State Park Pet Policy



Enjoying Missouri State Parks with your Pet


Responsible pet owners and their pets are welcome in Missouri state parks. Following are a few simple rules to ensure that you, your pet and other park visitors enjoy the outing. These rules apply to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.


Pet Rules


Keep it to two dogs or less per campsite.

As a courtesy to other visitors, it is recommended you bring no more than two dogs per campsite.  This also helps reduce the impact on the natural resources and aids with noise control.


Keep your pet on a leash (not longer than 10 feet) at all times.

Even the best trained pets can be unpredictable when in a different environment.  Other pets, people and wildlife can be a distraction. Keeping your pet on a leash ensures its safety as well as the safety of other visitors.


Keep your pet under control at all times and quiet. Do not leave a pet unattended.

Barking dogs can ruin the enjoyment of the park for everyone. Leaving a pet unattended, even if properly leashed, can be a danger to the pet and nearby visitors. If you need to leave your pet at the campsite, secure your pet inside the camping unit/tent. Do not leave it outside the camping unit, even if leashed.


Pets are not allowed inside any state park or historic site building, or in public swimming areas and beaches.


Clean up your pet's waste. 

No one wants to step in the mess left behind. Bring your own bags to pick up your pet's waste. Also check with staff to see if there are waste bag dispensers located in the park. Ensure that the waste bags are placed in a trash receptacle after use.


Failure to abide by certain rules may result in a citation or your removal from the park.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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