At Wakonda State Park, you and your furry friend can explore trails, sniff out food on picnic tables, or look out for uncommon birds and native wildlife as you hike. The park features five trails for you to explore including the Agate Lake Trail, Campground Trail, Jasper Lake Trail, Quartz Lake Trail, and Sand Prairie Trail.
The Agate Lake Trail is 3.5 miles long and you might see a variety of geese along your route. The Campground Trail is less than half a mile and is appropriately named, as it connects the campgrounds to Jasper Lake and Agate Lake. The Jasper Lake Trail is approximately two miles and has natural dirt, mud, and rocky terrain, and you might see bluebirds, waterfowl, or Baltimore Orioles on the trail.
On the less than half a mile Quartz Trail, you're likely to see great blue herons, geese, and ducks. The Sand Prarie Trail is only one mile, but gives you a look into unique Missouri landscape and will take you to Agate Lake, too. Whenever you're on a trail with your four-legged friend, make sure he is on a leash no longer than ten feet.
You should never leave your pet unattended and discourage any excessive barking. And even though many of these trails lead to lakes, dogs are never allowed in swimming areas. Do not let your dog enter any historical sites or buildings, either. No matter where you roam, bring some plastic bags to clean up after your dog and make sure you pack enough H20 for the two of you on your hike.
If you'd like to do some camping, Wakonda State Park has two options - basic/electric and sewer/electric/water. You can reserve a site online and the fees range from $13-$28 in the on-season. Missouri State Parks recommends you do not bring more than two dogs per campsite and make sure your dog obeys to your commands and is under your control.