Parks COVID-19 Message
 

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of July 18, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. is the following:

Parks: Open

Trails: Open

Park Restrooms: Open

Campgrounds: Open

Sport Courts: Open

Playgrounds: Closed

Spraygrounds: Closed

Trail Exercise Stations: Closed

Drinking Fountains: Closed

Picnic Shelters and Sites: Open at reduced capacity. Online reservations are not available. Call us at (314) 615-4FUN to reserve.

Special Events: Allowed if DPH approves the event plan. Check with your event organizer.

Day Camps: check the updated Activity Guide

Programs: Started with modifications -- check the updated Activity Guide

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Open

Recreation Centers: Open

Museums: Open

Pools: Open (Kennedy Recreation Complex pool is closed due to mechanical issues. Timeline for reopening is TBD).

As programs and facilities re-open, social distancing is still required and capacities are likely to be reduced per Department of Public Health Re-Opening Guidelines.

Lone Elk Park

I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141
1 Lone Elk Park Rd

Park Hours
The park officially opens at 7 a.m. in the summer and 8 a.m. in the winter. However, the gates are physically opened and the public is free to enter by 6:30-7 a.m. year round. The park closes at sunset.

 

General Information / History
Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. Motorcycles are prohibited. Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle.

The park acreage was once part of the Tyson Valley Powder Plant used for the testing and storage of ammunition during WWII. After the War, the area served as a County Park, and in 1948 herds of elk and bison were established. The land was re-acquired by the Federal Government during the Korean War, and for safety reasons the wildlife herds were destroyed in 1958. However, one lone bull elk survived.

In 1964 St. Louis County reacquired a portion of the original tract from the General Services Administration and in 1966 the name was changed from Tyson Park to Lone Elk County Park. Six additional elk were obtained from Yellowstone National Park in 1966 through the efforts of the children of the Rockwood School District and West St. Louis County Lions Club.

The park was officially opened to the public on October 17, 1971. Six bison were acquired from the St. Louis Zoo in July 1973. 

Click here for more history on Lone Elk Park

Features & Amenities
 + Fishing
 (Fishing is available by reservation and is for catch and release only. Click here for more information.)
 + Animal Viewing (Staff feed the animals first thing in the morning. The best time to view the animals is before 8 a.m.)
 + Year-Round Restroom (Visitor's Center - closed for construction)
 + Trails
 + 2 Reservable Shelters
Whitetail Deer
Ralph Foley

 


 

 

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 8/6/20 10:00 a.m.)


The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues.

The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.


The Bottomland Trail at Blake C Snyder Park is closed.


Reservable Site Photo Galleries



Lone Elk Amenities