Missouri's Department of Natural Resources announced a phased approach to reopening state parks during a news conference on Wednesday.
Between May 4 and May 15, park lodging, dining marinas and retail stores will reopen with limited services and locations, Director of the Department of Natural Resources Carol Comer said.
On May 11, Castlewood State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and Weston Bend State Park will reopen for day-use with limited parking. Some trails in these parks may be closed to ensure social distancing is possible, Comer said.
On May, 18, the off-road vehicle riding area at St. Joe State Park will reopen with a limited number of one-day permits available.
Camping in state parks will remain suspended through May 18, after which officials will reassess.