Known primarily for its three distinct habitats, Pershing State Park makes an excellent site for photography and nature-spotting. Four different bodies of water are available in Pershing State Park for you to try your luck at. Species commonly found here are bass, bluegill, and catfish, which are stocked throughout the year.
Missouri requires all would-be anglers to have an up to date copy of their fishing license before getting into the water here, so make sure to check yours before your visit. If you own your equipment make sure to bring it along, as no rental options are offered here. A small fishing pier is located on the largest of the four lakes, Lake Pershing.
For the other lakes, you'll have to fish from the shore or a boat. Be sure to keep your canine under control if you take them along for fishing so that you don't bother other guests. Pershing State Park offers six miles of total trails to enjoy, which provide a diverse array of challenges for visitors to try their luck at.
The Locust Creek Riparian Trail is where park officials recommend beginning your journey. It's a five-mile stretch that takes you through the unique wetlands not found outside of this natural area. As you follow this trail to the north, you'll be accompanied by a small stream that winds north along the route.
Several signs of an ancient human settlement are still preserved along the river's shore as you move further upwards, so make sure to stop for a moment and read the informational displays paired with these landmarks. The Pershing State Park really has something for everyone if you have an interest in both history and nature.
Guests are warned that none of the trails located here follow a loop, so you should always set off prepared for any emergencies that could occur. Bring fresh water and a fully charged cell phone in addition to wearing proper hiking gear. If you bring your canine, that's fine as long as you pick up any messes they leave on the ground.