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Big River Outdoors Campground

59 sites 路 RVs, Tents87 acres 路 Frankclay, MO
80+ acres with over a mile of river frontage. Also a unique custom off road park on the property. Swimming, fishing, kayaking, and live music on weekends. Tent camping or RV/camper . Campers who need electric are allowed to bring a generator. We have limited electric as of now. We are located just 2-3 miles from 3 different gas stations but are also very secluded.
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Arcadia Valley Outdoors Land

23 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents150 acres 路 Ironton, MO
A wooded, more private camping experience with unique site designs and natural elements. Primitive Camping Van/vehicle Camping Small Trailers Glamping Bike Trails, Hiking, creek sit-in' on site! Best of the midwest biking, hiking, Ozark Trail, rock climbing Elephant Rocks Park, Johnson Shut-ins and more swimming holes nearby! Wood for sale on site, $5 per bundle, Fire starters also available. Ask us about our "Really Good At Camping" merchandise. We have shirts, mugs & wine tumblers! *Cash Only* at this time. We Have free stickers! *For camp site locations please refer to our map in the campsite listing photos. We are located just west of the Ironton Water Works Plant and the Shepherd Mountain Lake dam. Turn right after the dam, drive through Shepherd Mountain Lake Park, open the "campground guests only" gate if it is closed, and please close gate behind you. Thank you! No Hook Ups No swimming in the lake and no outside boats, but we have boats for campers to use free of charge! General Store and restroom facilities/showers coming soon!
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Four Creeks Campground

19 sites 路 RVs, Tents90 acres 路 Ellington, MO
Three crystal clear creeks to swim, wade, hunt rocks, or just relax. We have several tent sites right on the creeks and RV sites close for just a short walk for swimming fun. Right on miles of ATV, OHV, SxSs or horse trails. Close to the Black River and the Current for floating, Kayaking or fishing. Clearwater Lake for boat rentals or Jet skies. Sites to see, Blue Springs, Big Springs Johnson Shut Inns, Elephant Rock, Rocky Falls, and many state parks to explore. We are also only three miles from the town of Ellington, MO for your shopping needs, several restaurants and antiquing.
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Arcadia Valley BaseCamp

1 site 路 Tent68 acres 路 Arcadia, MO
BaseCamp is respite nestled into the Arcadia Valley just miles from Shepherd Mountain Bike Psrk. With nearly 70 acres surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, there are many opportunities for hiking, botanical exploration, licensed fishing, mountain biking, equine accessible trails, and much more. There is a small pond on the property with a walking trail and a rock garden that doubles as a small creek when rains are heavy. With camping options ranging from backpacking and tent camping to van dwellers and Tiny House glamping, all are welcome. Adventure begins at Base Camp!
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Spring Lake Ranch

38 sites 路 RVs, Tents101 acres 路 Potosi, MO
Spring Lake Ranch boasts countless trails and lake activities. Formerly known as Sayersbrook Bison ranch, at one time it was one of the largest Bison ranches in the world. This property is filled with amazing things to see and explore. Nothing like it in Missouri. Lake is 60+ acres and is spring fed. Amazing fishing, swimming and kayaking. We are pet friendly. You will have amazing lake views and will be close to hiking trails, horseback riding, and wine tasting at Edge Cliff Wineries which is next door to us. The beautiful shower house is super clean, has restrooms and hot showers and it is within walking distance. Firewood and ice are available to purchase; kayaks and fishing poles are available for rent. If you forget something at home stop by our little country store, we might have it! :) The sites are about 20 ft from each other - if you are looking for more privacy please check out the secluded site or the peninsula.
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1855 Campground

7 sites 路 Tents45 acres 路 Black, MO
LATEST NEWS. On April 8th my region will experience a total solar eclipse . This is a very rare lunar event I would not want anybody not to experience this. So check the calendar to see if there is a campsite available. Thank you. We open the 2024 season March 1st with the same wilderness adventure. Campsite 6, Bills Hill, has been improved to give you more choices to pitch you tent. This is a wilderness site, just a fire pit, sits on a ridge top in the forest, check it out. Pictures forthcoming. Hope to see ya here. TIRED OF NOISEY OVER CROWDED CAMP GROUNDS, we鈥檒l give us a try! 1855 Campground is a private natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience. 聽 We border the National Forest!! Come enjoy the outdoors at its bests! 聽This nature space offers seven large campsites generously spaced to provide privacy and the ability to become one with nature. I offer 4 campsites that provides the experience in camping in the woods. Site 1, Little Brushy Creek. Site 3, Bills Hill. Site 6, Hidden Hollow, and site 7, Roberts Mountain. Shuttle service of your camping gear to your campsite is available for free upon request. This land borders the Mark Twain National Forest, so hiking is abundant and encouraged and聽being far away from the city this area is ideal for star gazing and planet photography.聽There is on-site fresh spring water flowing all year round. 聽Enjoy fishing, swimming, or just hanging out at the pond or in the babbling brook that runs alongside the prosperity. There is also an off grid home where I live an I am聽willing to share my experience with you. Just opened campsite 7! Yes a new wilderness campsite located on top of the highest hill on the prosperity. It鈥檚 borders the National Forest an like all other sites it鈥檚 very private.Only a fire pit is available. It鈥檚 a must see and experience. Those of you who like site 3, the other wilderness site, will like this. This will be a popular site! 聽1855 Campground is in close proximity to: 聽 聽 聽Floating activities along the Black River 聽 聽 聽Johnson Shuts State Park 聽 聽 聽Bell Mountain Hiking Trails聽 聽 聽 聽Elephant Rocks 聽 聽 聽Counsel Bluffs Lake 聽 聽 聽Tip Top Park 聽 聽 聽Taum Sauk State Park 聽 聽 聽Historic town of Caledonia聽 聽 聽 聽Clearwater Lake 聽 聽 聽Shepard Mountain bike trial聽 The details:聽 聽 聽 聽Campsites are large enough for multiple tents 聽 聽 聽All sites have fire pits and the first bundle of wood provided is included聽 聽 聽 聽All have BBQ grills and tables (except site 3 and 7). 聽Bring charcoal 聽 聽 聽Outhouses and outside shower is available 聽 聽 聽Parking space provided, once check in assistance to campsite is provided聽 聽 聽 聽For your peace an quite no vehicles, guns or loud music allowed back in campground 聽 聽 聽1855 Campground lives by 鈥淟eave no trace Principles鈥 take out what you bring 聽in. 聽 聽 聽2023 season runs to Oct 2nd 聽 聽 聽Additional firewood and charcoal can be purchased at office. Campsite fees:聽 Weekend rate ( Friday and Saturday nights) $30/ per night per site ( 4 campers per site) children under 5 stay free. Weekday special ( Sunday- Thursday night): 40% off! $20/ per night per site. 聽 Note: some campsite can hold more than 4 people, message Bill for more details. Get away from the vibrations of city life and enjoy existence within the arms. Special note to interested campers: The office /house is open 9 to 9 daily through the season. It鈥檚 worth noting that the office/ house is 鈥 off grid鈥 that is it is not connected to the National electrical grid for its power. It鈥檚 been off grid for over 25 yrs. Bill, the manager, of the campground has been living full time off grid for over 8 yrs and would be willing to field question on the subject during normal business hours.
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Booked 2 times

McCrady Acres

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents162 acres 路 Ironton, MO
Learn more about this land:Primitive camping without electricity or running water. Creeks and streams located on the property. Wildlife is abundant in a peaceful environment. Enjoy.
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Cinco de Mayo Campground

16 sites 路 Tents2 acres 路 MO
Every morning that I聽wake up at Cinco聽I think how fortunate I聽am to have a place on this earth where I聽am excited to be. Whether it is sweaty-hot summertime or deep-freeze, snow-covered聽wintertime聽I treasure the moments sipping a聽cup of tea on the riverbank listening to the birds competing over food and mates...or to the ice breaking up with the morning heat. Starting the day this way聽can sure alleviate a lot of stress!聽 聽The tenants and guests that have stayed here make my favorite place on earth truly precious. 聽Sharing with others magnifies the experience. 聽Please give yourself the gift of staying here for a weekend.Learn more about this land:Sleep right on the banks of the river or in the clean level yard just a few feet away. Kayak or fish all day then enjoy a nice warm shower in our bathhouse. You can freshen your gear in our new mini-laundromat. Bring quarters or download an Iphone app to start the laundry machines.聽聽
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Booked 4 times

Van Buren River Fun - RV & Campsite

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Van Buren, MO
Van Buren River Fun RV & Campsite will be open for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. This campground is special because it comes with private access to 1 mile of river access made available only to campers on this property and local land owners. It has gravel bars, pristine waters, a boat ramp, and woods around to explore. The RV and camp sites have access to water spigot and sewer dump site, the campsites have fire rings. The river is directly across the road from the campground- steps away from a perfect viewing point for the eclipse. This is the quietest campsite this close to the river, near town. This is a rare luxury to have walking access to the Current River. Discounts for booking multiple sites. Please contact us with any questions - we can offer monthly and seasonal (Memorial Weekend through Labor Day) rates for sites upon request!!
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Booked 2 times

4 Leaf Acres

1 site 路 RV, Tent15 acres 路 Fredericktown, MO
15 mostly wooded acres with 4 level campsites. Electric available for additional fee. Fishing hole (catch and release) on property, bring your pole! Great trails for nature walks and wildlife viewing. Great access from highway. You must provide your own toilet. All animals must be leashed. No dumping station or access to potable water.
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Booked 2 times

Twin Eagle Lake Estates and Hideout

189 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents45 acres 路 Potosi, MO
WELCOME TO TWIN EAGLE LAKE ESTATES & HIDEOUT Twin Eagle Lake offers scenic camping at the foothills of the Ozarks. We offer full RV hookups, Rustic cabins, Clean shower houses, a General store with a kitchen and Dining room, Children pool and Adult only swim up bar, tons of children's activities, and much, much more. In addition to the great camping, we also offer Wedding Packages.
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5 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Potosi, MO
Easy access to hundreds of miles of trails and gravel roads in Mark Twain National Forest for hiking, biking, ATV / SXS. Multiple fishing ponds less than a mile away. Come and explore Missouri's best kept secret! The campground has 8 campsites, great for RV or tent campers, nestled under old-growth oak trees for shade & protection during the hot months.
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The best camping near Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park guide



Immerse yourself in the ancient beauty of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, where adventure awaits at every turn. From splashing in the shut-ins to exploring scenic trails, this park is a haven for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Whether you're camping under the stars, hiking through the St. Francois Mountains, or picnicking amid the wilderness, Johnson's Shut-Ins offers an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Notable campgrounds

  • Special-Use Camping - For groups seeking a unique outdoor experience in a private setting.
  • Backcountry Camping - Ideal for adventurers looking to connect with nature in a more secluded area.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campsites fill up quickly during peak seasons.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations if the park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park is from May to October, when the weather is warm and all facilities are open. Avoid the park during holiday closures and check the park status map for temporary closures due to weather or maintenance before planning your trip.

Know before you go

  • Check the park and site status map for any temporary closures or alerts before your visit.
  • Remember that park buildings are closed on certain holidays, so plan accordingly.
  • Accessibility information is available for those with special needs.
  • Firewood is available for purchase with cash or check when the store is closed.
  • Pet limitations and shut-ins access rules are in place to ensure a safe visit for everyone.

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