Knob Noster State Park is a tranquil retreat of open oak woodland with a few patches of prairie along both sides of the meandering Clearfork Creek. It’s a place for fishermen to wet a line, for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders to get some trail time, and for families to spend quality time together. The park also features an oxbow slough, which has been officially designated as Pin Oak Slough Natural Area.
Knob Noster State Park offers basic and electric campsites, family campsites, two organized group camps and special-use camping areas. For a little extra space, try one of the park's family campsites.
To make a reservation or view campsite details, photos and availability, go to the reservation website by clicking the “Make a Reservation Now” link below. Reservations may also be made by calling toll free 877-ICampMO (877-422-6766)
Rent a single person kayak at the park from April through Oct. 31.
The park has three picnic shelters, which can be reserved for $45 per day. The shelters are available for use from sunrise to sunset 365 days per year. None of the shelters have electricity, but restroom facilities and water fountains and spigots are available at each shelter. Water is available during the on-season (April 1 to Oct. 31) only. If not reserved, the shelters are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Cast your line into two small lakes (Buteo and Clearfork) or Clearfork Creek. Catfish, bass, bluegill and crappie are some of the fish anglers may catch. Fishing is available sunrise to sunset daily, except during special management activities when the park may be closed.
Adult anglers must have a valid fishing license as described in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. (Depending on age, some anglers may not need a license to fish.)
Bank fishing is the most common way to fish here. There are no boat launches, however, small boats such as canoes can be carried from the parking lot to the water and hand launched. Electric trolling motors may be used.
Fish Advisory for Lake Buteo: Do not eat largemouth or smallmouth bass 12” or larger in size due to elevated mercury levels. Do not eat catfish or carp of any size due to elevated chlordane levels.
There are no boat launches, however, small boats such as canoes can be carried from the parking lot to the water and hand launched. Electric trolling motors may be used. Kayaks can be rented at the park.
Playground equipment is available adjacent to Clearfork Shelter and in the WPA Day-Use Area.