Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park RV & Campground Guide


If you're looking for a tranquil place to relax, then you'll love hearing the runoff from the St. Francois Mountains crash against the boulders in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. The land where this park sits became a state park in 1955 after Joseph Desloge gave the land to the state. The state park went through dramatic changes after the Taum Sauk Reservoir breeched in 2005, sending over 1.3 billion gallons of water across the park. Today, visitors find many great places to relax and play in this area. The park is located about 15 miles from Middle Brook, 12 miles from Ironton and 30 miles from Farmington, Missouri. While many are drawn to its natural waterslide, you can find lots to do in and around Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

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Spring 43-68 F
Summer 62-83 F
Fall 50-75 F
Winter 24-44 F
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Nearby Cities
Lesterville, MO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

The memories you build sliding down the natural rock waterslide and splashing in the water will last a lifetime when you visit this state park. Make the most of your visit here by bringing your RV. If you don't have one, you can look to rent one on

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Campground

Visit the camp store to stock up on supplies at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Campground, which has camping located around five loops. Rates start at about $13 per night. Select your loop carefully as some offer full hookups while others offer primitive camping experiences or have water only part of the year.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Camp store

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Climb the mountain at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park when staying at the 12 basic camping spots and you'll be at the highest point in Missouri. Rates start at about $13 per night at this campground.

• Water hookup: No • Electrical hookup: No • Sewer hookup: No • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Mountain hiking

Arcadia Valley RV Park

Arcadia Valley RV Park offers easy access to attractions in the area. Rates start at $32 per day at this campground that's located at a hotel.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: Yes • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Ice machine, vending machines

Silver Mines

Silver Mines is located on the banks of the St. Francis River within the Mark Twain Forest. Fishing, kayaking, and other recreational activities abound in this park. Sites start at $15 per night.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Kayaking, fishing

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What to Do at
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Inside Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Consider renting a bike at the main store to explore this almost 10,000-acre state park. Stop at the Black River Center to watch films about how the park was formed and the rebuilding that occurred after the devastating flood. Listen to audio downloads while exploring the park’s trails to better understand what you're seeing. The East Fork Wild Area and Goggins Mountain Wild Area have no trails, making them a great place to go backcountry exploring at this park that contains over 450 species of plants. Participate in seasonal events, like Halloween Happenings, The Ultimate S'mores Cook-Off and First Day Hike.

Outside Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

You can find many things to do in the Ozarks that surround this park. There are excellent places to dine and shop. You can also find many great attractions to see.


Paula's Home Cookin

Get fresh catfish at this restaurant that also serves terrific blackberry cobbler.

Type: Diner

Location: MO-21, Lesterville, MO 63654

Black River Ice Cream Parlor

This restaurant has been serving your favorite grill favorites and scrumptious ice cream creations since 2002. They also offer easy campfire meals if you would like to prepare your food.

Type: Diner

Location: 32992 Hwy 21, Lesterville, MO 63654

Lenny's Liquor Store and Restaurant

Enjoy mashed potatoes topped with beef, cheese, and other favorites at this restaurant or opt for one of their specialty pizzas.

Type: Italian

Location: 31996 Highway 21, Lesterville, MO 63654

Desi's Diner

Stop at this small diner for lunch specials like meatloaf, country fried steak, and grilled chicken. Be sure to try their popovers and homemade pie.

Type: Diner

Location: 104 Pine St, Arcadia, MO 63621

Fort Davidson Café

Fresh fried chicken, hamburgers, and pasta are all served with a smile at this family-friendly restaurant.

Type: Diner

Location: 302 S. McClure, Pilot Knob, MO 63663


Lost Cove on the Square

Stock up on essential oils, balsamic vinegars, and flavored teas at this shop.

Location: 102 W Russell St, Ironton, MO 63650

The Missouri Store

Locally made hiking sticks, handcrafted pottery, artwork, quilts, and more are available at this store located at the entrance to Fort Davidson Café.

Location: 302 S McCune St, Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Arcadia Valley Soap Company

Homemade soaps and bath bombs named after local attractions are available at this downtown shop.

Location: 119 S Main Street, Ironton, Missouri 63650

Vintage Home

If your style is shabby chic, vintage, or farmhouse, don't leave the area without checking out the home décor at Vintage Home.

Location: 23 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640

Bound Society

If you're a girl who loves to wear clothes that are a little sassy or a little contemporary, then don't miss this women’s clothing store that has been delighting customers since 2013.

Location: 122 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640


Long Park

This park features a 30,000-square-foot skate park with ramps, obstacles, and rails that will test everyone’s ability.

Location: Farmington, MO 63640

Crowne Point Golf Club

Try to stay out of the 40 bunkers on this gently rolling golf course.

Location: 4215 Hunt Rd, Farmington, MO 63640

Engler Park

The technical first nine holes on this disc golf course challenge the best players, but the back nine holes offer a much more relaxed playing experience.

Location: 651 Vargo Rd, Farmington, MO 63640

St. Joe State Park

Go off-roading at this state park, one of only two in the state to offer this experience. You can also hike here and visit its geology museum.

Location: 2800 Pimville Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601

Farmington Water Park

Play on the waterslides and have a great time at the splash pad at Farmington Water Park. It is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location: 2 Black Knight Dr, Farmington, MO 63640

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How to Get to
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

It's easy to reach this park from Farmington, Missouri. Leave town on Highway 221 North, and it will then become State Highway North. In about 31 miles, turn left on Taum Sauk Trail. The park will be on your left.

Entering Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Many park facilities are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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You can partake in many activities at this state park, including watching films and visiting geology attractions. Slide down the natural waterslide and hike the trails with their spectacular views. This park is one of the busiest state parks in Missouri, so campers should make their reservations well ahead of time. If you've spent time exploring Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, share your experiences on your social media feed. You may also want to include some tips for others planning to go to this state park, where many facilities were built after the flood. Don't forget to tag in your post, or you can send your stories and photos to [email protected]