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Missouri beaches where it’s currently safe to swim 

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11:42 am

Yes, landlocked Missouri has beaches–and there are NO sharks, but you do have to be aware of waterborne illnesses. No worries, though, because the water is tested weekly by the Missouri State Parks Department to make sure it’s safe to swim. 

Although it’s rare, it is possible to become sick when swimming in warm river or lake water. Symptoms of waterborne illness may appear within a day or up to four weeks after swimming. 

Symptoms of waterborne illnesses are varied but may include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, headache, or infections of the eyes, ears or skin.

To find out if a swimming beach is under advisory, look for posted signs or flyers on bulletin boards at individual beaches or online. 

If you become ill after swimming, check with your doctor first. After getting appropriate medical attention, remember to report waterborne illnesses to your local health department as well. 

Missouri beaches currently open as of June 10 are:

Cuivre River State Park, 678 State Rt 147, Troy

Finger Lakes State Park, 1505 E. Peabody Rd, Columbia

Harry S Truman State Park Campground Beach, 28761 State Park Rd, Warsaw

Harry S Truman State Park Day Use Beach, 28761 State Park Rd, Warsaw

Lake Wappapello State Park, Hwy 172, Williamsville

Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Beach 1, 403 Hwy 134, Kaiser

Lake of the Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Beach, off Hwy 54, Osage Beach

Long Branch State Park, 28615 Visitor Center Rd, Macon

Mark Twain State Park, 37352 Shrine Rd, Florida, Missouri

Pomme de Terre State Park Pittsburg Beach, Hwy 64B, Pittsburg

Pomme de Terre State Park Hermitage Beach, Hwy 64B, Pittsburg

St. Joe State Park Monsanto Lake Beach, 2800 Pimville Rd, Park Hills

St. Joe State Park Pim Lake Beach, 2800 Pimville Rd, Park Hills

Stockton State Park, 19100 S. Hwy 215, Dadeville

Thousand Hills State Park, 20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville 

Trail of Tears State Park, 429 Moccasin Springs, Jackson

Wakonda State Park, 32836 State Park Rd, La Grange 

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park, 26600 Park Rd N, Lawson

Missouri State Parks performs weekly water quality testing at their public beaches and subsequent beach status updates are reported on the Missouri State Parks Beach Status website at www.dnr.mo.gov/beaches/index.html.

PHOTO: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Section for Environmental Public Health/CDC