Community Interest

Splish, Splash! Summer Water Fun Awaits

Make a splash this summer in St. Charles County Parks! Whether you're taking the boat out on the river for an afternoon family cruise or learning how to paddleboard with your friends on one of our lakes, there are so many ways to beat the heat with water activities in our parks.

Enjoy water summer fun in St.                                    Charles County Parks. At Veterans Tribute Park, the kids will stay cool while soaking up the sun at the interactive Water Play Area. Hit a button and a large overhead waterspout dumps water from above or get showered from the ground sprayer fountains that shoot the water up! Multiple water falls gently cascade down the walls and slightly pool throughout the area. A large water table and a creek-like waterway top out this popular water feature in the park.

The Eco-Playground at Indian Camp Creek Park is another popular spot for children to gather and play during the hot summer months. Situated near the Lakeside Pavilion, this water playground celebrates the natural environment of the region. Similar to water flowing through a creek bed, young explorers will delight in digging in the sand and just may uncover several surprise finds. The rocky, natural landscape features stone frogs and a turtle that were created by renowned St. Louis artist Robert Cassilly.

Want to enjoy the water, but don't want to get wet? Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) lessons are available in July and August at The Park at New Melle Lakes. During each 90-minute class, a skilled instructor from our Park Ranger team will teach the basics of the sport before you head out to explore the lake. Participants must know how to swim and those 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The cost of each program is $10 per person; pre-registration is required. To register, visit us online or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

If you have your own SUP, kayak or canoe, bring it to the park! These non-motorized boats, are welcome on the lakes at Broemmelsiek ParkKlondike Park and The Park at New Melle Lakes. And If you don't have a watercraft, we've got you covered! Now you can reserve kayaks and paddleboards at these same parks through our new Paddle Share Rental stations. These self-serve features are open through October. Guests can reserve a watercraft online at the top of each hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per hour for a kayak or paddleboard, and $15 per hour for a tandem kayak. Each rental comes with paddles and life jackets. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a reservation, watch this short video. For more information, call us at 636-949-7535. 

Lather up the sunscreen; it's time to go boating! Accessing the nearby rivers couldn't be easier. Recreational boaters with speedboats, motorboats and sailboats can 'put in' using our free boat ramps. The ramps at  Riverside Landing in St. Charles and Hideaway Harbor Park in Portage des Sioux have access to the Mississippi River, and the Klondike Park Boat Ramp in Augusta is on the Missouri River. 

For more information about water activities in the parks, visit us online or call the office at 636-949-7535. 


Cast a Line in our Parks

If fishing is your favorite pastime, be sure to cast a line in our multiple lakes, ponds, streams and rivers in St. Charles County Parks. Harvestable and catch-and-release fishing are available year-round and park lakes are stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish. 

Harvestable and                                    catch-and-release fishing is                                    available in St. Charles County                                    Parks.To ensure a healthy population in our waterways, it is necessary to remove several mature fish per acre each year. Bass and bluegill are self-sustaining populations and catfish can be re-stocked based on population studies conducted by our Natural Resource team. Without harvest, fish can become stunted and never reach full maturity. Anglers may possess no more than the daily limit of any given species while fishing in St. Charles County Parks ponds and lakes. These regulations are posted at each waterway. 

There is no charge to fish in our parks, but visitors must comply with the rules and regulations of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Fishing within and along park waterways is governed by the regulations of the State of Missouri. Permits are required for all guests ages 16 – 64 who fish in St. Charles County Parks. More information about fishing rules and regulations can be obtained from MDC's website. 

In addition to all these fishing opportunities throughout our regional parks system, we offer several Youth Fishing Camps to children during the summer months and participate in MDC's Free Fishing Days during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. Call us at 636-949-7535 or visit us online to learn more.