Activities

Charleston is the biggest town on the Missouri side near the confluence of the Mississippi River and Ohio River at Bird's Point, Missouri (11 miles east on U.S. Route 60 ). Its history has been tied to traffic on the rivers.

Fishing in Charleston's lakes, there are some excellent choices including Big Lake, Tom Bird Blue Hole and O'Rourkes Blue Hole. Whether you're fishing for Bowfin, Sturgeon or Northern Pike, or one of the other fish found near Charleston, you can find them here. So get your fly fishing gear, baitcasting setup, trolling equipment, or spin casting gear out and find your new favorite fishing spot near Charleston.

Fish Lake

Fish Lake is a lake located just 12.4 miles from East Prairie, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Charleston, MO. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout and steelhead trout here. Whether you're spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. Steelhead canl be hooked by your larvae and the rainbow will be biting your grasshoppers.

Henson Lake

Henson Lake is a lake located just 6.9 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Henson, MO. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout here. Whether you're spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. The brim will be hooked by your maggots, the rainbow will be biting your frog and the largemouth will be grabbing your worms.

O'Rourkes Blue Hole

O'Rourkes Blue Hole is a lake located just 4.7 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout here. Whether you're baitcasting, spinning or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. The rainbow will be hooked by your worms, the copper nose will be biting your crustaceans and the largemouth will be grabbing your leaf worms.

Doolan Chute

Doolan Chute is a stream located just 9.7 miles from Charleston, in Scott County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Price Landing, MO. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and smallmouth bass here. . If all goes well, the largemouth will be hooked by your grubs, the smallmouth will be biting your frog and the bream will be grabbing your crickets.

Upper Big Lake Dam

Upper Big Lake Dam is a dam located just 2.5 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill here. Crappie will be hooked by your worms, the sunfish will be biting your frog and the largemouth will be grabbing your leaf worms.

Big Lake Bayou

Big Lake Bayou is a stream located just 9 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Future City, IL. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and smallmouth bass here. Largemouth will be hooked by your frog, the smallmouth will be biting your worms and the bream will be grabbing your grasshoppers.

Deans Blue Hole

Deans Blue Hole is a lake located just 9.2 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Alfalfa Center, MO. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout here. Whether you're spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. The rainbow will be hooked by your minnows, the sunfish will be biting your grasshoppers and the largemouth will be grabbing your maggots.

Stevenson Bayou

Stevenson Bayou is a stream located just 9.7 miles from Charleston, in Mississippi County, in the state of Missouri, United States, near Cairo, IL. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and smallmouth bass here. The smallmouth will be hooked by your frog, the sunfish will be biting your grubs and the largemouth will be grabbing your crayfish.

Delaney Lake Conservation Area

Tywappity Township, Missouri

Big Oak Tree State Park

James Bayou Township, Missouri
Park Office: 573-649-3149

A visit to Big Oak Tree State Park is a visit to Missouri as the first explorers saw it. Towering hickory trees and oaks form a canopy that averages more than 120 feet in height and the soaring trees and marshy terrain translates visitors back to when southeast Missouri was dubbed “Swampeast Missouri.” The trees and wetlands make the park a prime place for wildlife as well as picnic sites and shelters that are shaded by trees that have seen centuries of history. A self-guided boardwalk trail and an interpretive center tell the story of this rich landscape.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

6 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round.

Nature Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March
    The nature center is accessible by prior appointment.
    Please note you may need to contact staff at the park office before going to the nature center.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

Boomland Campground

30 and 50 amp sites and full hook up

Drive through Spots

No reservation needed $12.00 per night (pay inside the office) Shower on-site

100 Beasley Park Road, Charleston, MO 63834
From Sikeston:
Take Interstate 55 South to Interstate 57. Merge onto the I-57 N./U.S. 60 E.
Exit (Exit 66A toward Chicago) and go North on I-57. Take the Charleston/
East Prairie Exit (Exit 10). (From Sikeston: about 12 miles)
From Cairo, IL:
Take Interstate 57 South for about 13 miles to the Charleston/East Prairie Exit (Exit 10).

Boomland at Benton, Missouri
6399 State Highway 77, Benton, MO
From Cape Girardeau:
Take Interstate 55 South about 15 miles to the Benton/Diehlstadt Exit (Exit 80).
From Sikeston:
Take Interstate 55 North about 14 miles to the Benton/Diehlstadt Exit (Exit 80).

35th Annual 5k Race

Race our beautiful, scenic route in the oldest foot-racing event in southeast Missouri on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Youth & Toddler Race begins at 1:30 p.m. Check-in opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. Mile walk is non-competitive. High quality long-sleeved T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 entries. USATF Certified Course. For more information please contact:

Wayne Corse
210 North Highway J
Charleston, MO 63834
Tel: (573) 683-6361

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Pre-registration is $15.00 with an April 11 or earlier postmark; race day registration is $20.00.

View Historic 5K Race Individual Times!

View the 2012 34th Annual 5K Race Overall results!

Phillip's Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Swine Races

Young and old alike will enjoy the petting zoo! Watch the swine races, and cheer on your favorite to win!

Open Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: South of Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park