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St. Joe State Park

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Other Names

Saint Joe State Park, Jo Lee Lake, Pim Lake, Monsanto Lake, Apollo Lake, Lead Belt

Last Known StatusOpen

This state park features 2,000 acres of woods trails, hill climbs, play areas and sand flats open to offroad use. The trails are marked with blue blazes and provide a good variety of mud, sand and hard packed dirt with scattered tree roots while winding through rolling hillsides. Visitors should note that only dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs are permitted on the trails, while wider machines such as dune buggies or 4x4 trucks are allowed in the sand flats.

The park has two campgrounds - one set aside for OHVs and another designated for equestrian use. Each site comes with a concrete pad, BBQ grill and lantern holder, and both primitive and full hookup sites area available. The campgrounds are open daily, year-round but usually fill up during summer months and three day weekends, so reservations are strongly recommend. Other amenities include restrooms with hot showers, laundromat and a dump station.

Other attractions include four gravel boat ramps, two beaches, four stocked lakes for fishing, roughly 15 miles of horseback/mountain bike trails, 14 miles of paved bicycle trails, several picnic areas with shade gazebos and a large grassy RC plane field.

All OHVs are required to obtain a permit prior to accessing the trails which can be purchased online or onsite at the ranger station.

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Permit RequiredYesSt. Joe State Park ORV Permit
Dates OpenApril through September - Daily 7am to 8pm; October through March - Daily 7am to 5pm
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (72 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
required for any vehicle with three or more wheels
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areasnot permitted on trails, restricted to the sand flats
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areasnot permitted on trails, restricted to the sand flats
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets can be purchased onsite
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule Enforcement
CommentOHVs are not required to be registered or insured but must purchase the St. Joe State Park ORV permit which is $5/machine/day.


Approx Size2,000 acres (3 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail54
Climate TypeForest
Elevation850 to 900 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis vacant land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis vacant land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis vacant land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Park



Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Casey's General Store (573) 431-2059
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Casey's General Store (573) 431-2059
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Casey's General Store (573) 431-2059


RidingYes ($6.00 per OHV)
St. Joe State Park ORV Permit Fee for ATV/Dirtbike $6 per day; UTV/Dune buggy/4X4 $11 per day
Tent: $15.00
RV: $25.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
Seasonal Rates (April through October)
CommentOff-season rates - Tent - $14/night, 30amp - $21/night, 50amp - $23/night


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityPark Hills, MO
Address2800 Pimville Road, Park Hills, MO 63601
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Park Hills, MO
1) Take SR-32 west 1.8 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto Pimville Road, continue 2.5 miles
3) Look for park entrance on the left (north).


Contact InfoSt. Joe State Park
2800 Pimville Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
(573) 431-1069


St. Joe State Park Trail Photo

St. Joe State Park Trail

This park has about 54 miles of trails and play areas open to ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes.

St. Joe State Park Trail Photo

Campsite with three dirt bikes parked on concrete pad next to two tents, picnic table, lantern holder and BBQ grill.

Each campsite comes with a concrete pad, picnic table, BBQ grill and lantern holder. Other amenities include a laundromat, hot showers, kids playground, RV dump station and spray wash stations.

St. Joe State Park Trail Photo

ATV and rider covered in mud.

There is no shortage of mud puddles here.

St. Joe State Park Trail Photo

Rider and Suzuki ATV with orange whip flag covered in mud.

The park has spray wash stations located in the day use area and campground.

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