Make a splash this summer in St. Charles County Parks! Whether you're taking the boat out on the river for an afternoon family cruise or learning how to paddleboard with your friends on one of our lakes, there are so many ways to beat the heat with water activities in our parks.
At Veterans Tribute Park
, the kids will stay cool while soaking up the sun at the interactive Water Play Area. Hit a button and a large overhead waterspout dumps water from above or get showered from the ground sprayer fountains that shoot the water up! Multiple water falls gently cascade down the walls and slightly pool throughout the area. A large water table and a creek-like waterway top out this popular water feature in the park.
The Eco-Playground at Indian Camp Creek Park
is another popular spot for children to gather and play during the hot summer months. Situated near the Lakeside Pavilion, this water playground celebrates the natural environment of the region. Similar to water flowing through a creek bed, young explorers will delight in digging in the sand and just may uncover several surprise finds. T
he rocky, natural landscape features stone frogs and a turtle that were created by renowned St. Louis artist Robert Cassilly.Want to enjoy the water, but don't want to get wet? Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) lessons are available in July and August at The Park at New Melle Lakes.
During each 90-minute class, a skilled instructor from our Park Ranger team will teach the basics of the sport before you head out to explore the lake. Participants must know how to swim and those 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The cost of each program is $10 per person; pre-registration is required.
To register, visit us online
or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.
If you have your own SUP, kayak or canoe, bring it to the park! These non-motorized boats, are welcome on the lakes at Broemmelsiek Park
, Klondike Park
and The Park at New Melle Lakes
. And If you don't have a watercraft, we've got you covered! Now you can reserve kayaks and paddleboards at these same parks through our new Paddle Share Rental
stations. These self-serve features are open through October. Guests can reserve a watercraft online
at the top of each hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per hour for a kayak or paddleboard, and $15 per hour for a tandem kayak. Each rental comes with paddles and life jackets. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a reservation, watch this short video
. For more information, call us at 636-949-7535.
Lather up the sunscreen; it's time to go boating! Accessing the nearby rivers couldn't be easier. Recreational boaters with speedboats, motorboats and sailboats can 'put in' using our free boat ramps. The ramps at Riverside Landing
in St. Charles and Hideaway Harbor Park
in Portage des Sioux have access to the Mississippi River, and the Klondike Park
Boat Ramp in Augusta is on the Missouri River.
For more information about water activities in the parks, visit us online
or call the office at 636-949-7535.