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Address: 26600 Park Rd. North, Lawson, MO 64062
Phone Number: 816-580-3387
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Description: A 100-acre lake with a paved bicycle path around it, plentiful fishing, a...
A 100-acre lake with a paved bicycle path around it, plentiful fishing, a picturesque campground and choice picnic spots make Watkins Mill State Park an ideal place for an afternoon or longer. Located near the Kansas City area, the park has ample fishing opportunities and an abundance of whitetailed deer and wild turkeys to watch. The park is adjacent to the Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.
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Camping, walking, and living life!

We've visited Watkins Mill State Park many times! The camping is always great, although I always recommend reserving a camp site on mostateparks.com website at least one week... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2012
CaribbeanJunkie816
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Kansas City, Missouri
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North Kansas City, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I love the lake, and visit often, but will not even try to sleep there again. I spent the entire night fighting off raccoons...DOZENS of them. They were NOT wary of people, and the camp-hosts were not the least bit concerned by this. By morning, I had myself holed-up in my car, any camp-gear left out had been clawed and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We've visited Watkins Mill State Park many times! The camping is always great, although I always recommend reserving a camp site on mostateparks.com website at least one week before you go! There is a wonderful asphalt trail that leads around the lake, and a nice beach to swim at in the summer months. I always look forward to visiting and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I love visiting the Mill... It's like taking a step back into the past! I would recommend going in the spring or fall when the weather is a little cooler, as the old woolen mill is not air conditioned.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

A very nice park to camp and has a very nice walking trail about 3.8 miles long around the lake. Mostly shaded.

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Detroit, Michigan
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

had a great time fishing. it was a good day there. loved the walking trail, it was long and relaxing to me

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Saint James, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Watkins Mill is a piece of Missouri history with displays from the time when woolen mills were plentiful in a rapidly growing country.

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Odessa, Missouri
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

My family of two teenagers, my husband and my parents had a great time visiting Watkins Mill State Park. During this visit we purchased the guided tour of the home and the mill. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and helped recreate the image of life during the late 1800's. We will definitely be returning for another visit---waiting for cooler... More 

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Defiance, Missouri
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

our tour guide was fantastic...and thinking of those young girls who stood in the same spot so long that they wore imprints into the floor...

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hjf46
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We went for the "Spring at the Farm" event. It was lovely and we had a wonderful afternoon as a family. Highly recommended!

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Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My wife and I stayed at this campground this Easter Weekend. We arrived on Friday afternoon and took the next to last electric spot. Several spots were closed, the host said they were trying to grow grass? The sites are fairly close, but it was a very quiet campground from sunset on. we were able to sleep in also. Lots... More 

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