The Sam A. Baker State Park is named after a previous governor of Missouri and features over 5,300 acres of land in the Saint Francois Mountains. While at the park, your fur baby can join you, but they have to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length. You also need to bring along some clean up bags to pick up after your pooch because the park does not provide them.
You can fish, swim, or just wade in the clear, cool water of the Big Creek and Saint Francois River. The river also has some great spots to go on float trips, but if your dog is going to join you, be sure to bring a doggy life jacket. Make sure you have a fishing license if you are going fishing or you may get a ticket with a hefty fine instead of a basket or stringer full of bass and catfish for dinner.
There are two extra-large campgrounds at the Sam A. Baker State Park with plenty of shade trees, a restroom, laundry, showers, dump stations, and plenty of picnic tables and a playground for the kids. Make sure your dog does not bother any of the other park visitors, and keep them on a leash or crated during your stay at the campgrounds.
While there is no fee to enter the park, there is a small fee for camping depending on whether you use the rural campground or cabins. There are 18 cabins at various costs for rent around the Sam A. Baker State Park. Although dogs are not allowed inside the cabins, they have dog houses you can rent and put in the backyard for Fido.
No matter whether your furry friend and your family are going with you for a day trip or want to stay for the weekend, your stay at Sam A. Baker State Park is sure to be a fun trip for all of you. Just be a responsible pet owner and keep the park clean and safe for everyone who visits.