Parks COVID-19 Message

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of June 15, 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: Canceled thru at least Sunday, June 28th

Day Camps: Started Monday, June 8th

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

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Open

Recreation Centers: Open

Museums: Reopening Wednesday, June 17th

Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool: Closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD

North County Recreation Complex Aquatic Center: Opening June 20th

St. Vincent Community Center Aquatic Center: Opening June 27th

The Pavilion at Lemay Aquatic Center: Opening June 24th

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.

Simpson Park

1234 Marshall Road

Park Hours
8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / History
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department purchased the original 148 acres in 1976. In 1977, 33 acres were acquired from the Simpson Company, a sand, gravel and asphalt company. Another acquisition was completed in 1981 with the purchase of a one-acre lot from a private owner. Additional acquisitions of 16 acres have been made through Bond Issue funds and Federal Emergency Management Agency supported purchases of properties along the Meramec River.

The existing lake was created through a combined damming/dredging operation. A dam was constructed to impound water from Grand Glaize Creek. This allowed Simpson Sand and Gravel to float a dredge barge to dredge sand and gravel. This process in turn enlarged the lake. 

The park was dedicated on July 6, 1991.

The Blue Heron Pavilion was completed in June of 1994 with funds from the 1986 Bond Issue and was designed to withstand flooding.

Two L&WCF grants were received in 1992 and 1995 respectively for the construction of the asphalt lake shore trail in the park north of Marshall Road and the Meramec River Greenway Trail that extended the lake shore trail.

In 1996 Taco Bell donated funds for the installation of a soccer field, parking lot and a handicapped accessible fishing dock (lost in the 2017 flooding) located in the main section of the park near the Blue Heron Shelter.

Click here for more history on Simpson Park

Features & Amenities
 + 72-acre lake with boat ramp (electric motors only)
 + Fishing
 + Playground
 + Trails
 + Picnic sites
 + Year-Round Restroom (under construction)
 + Athletic Fields
 + Reservable Shelter

INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT: The lake(s) at this park are known to be infested with Asian Carp. These fish can top 50 pounds and can leap 10 feet into the air when startled by boaters, which can cause serious injuries to passengers in moving boats and tear up gear. For more information, please click here.

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 7/10/20 11:30 a.m.)

The Twin Bridge Trail which provides access from Blake Snyder Park to Grant’s Trail will be closed for repairs July 13,14,15. 

The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD.

Portions of the River Trail at Simpson Park are closed due to flooding.

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

The Sioux Passage boat ramp is closed indefinitely.

Reservable Site Photo Galleries

Online Reservations

Simpson Amenities