Keeping the public safe is a top priority for the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department. One way we do this is by having staff proactively monitor lakes and other natural bodies of water in County Parks on a regular basis; keeping a careful watch for possible signs of anything that looks suspicious or out of place.
In addition, Parks staff have installed aerators and bubblers where possible in these natural bodies of water to keep them circulating to improve quality. They also have removed duckweed and other invasive plants that deprive the water of oxygen. Special attention has been given to the lake inside the Broemmelsiek Park Off-Leash Dog Area (featured in photo above) since it is frequently used by pets and their owners. Water conditions are monitored more frequently, fresh water is added on a regular basis, and a fountain has been installed to help keep water moving in the lake.
Along with staff efforts, park guests can also play a role in being more vigilant to ensure a safe experience while enjoying our parks. If you observe an issue in any of our 15 parks, please call the Park Ranger Duty Phone at 314-713-4394 immediately. This will allow your concerns to be addressed in an efficient manner.
Also, please pay careful attention to rules and safety signage posted by these natural water bodies: keep in mind that the Broemmelsiek Park Off-Leash Dog Park lake is the only lake where canines are allowed to swim. Public swimming is not allowed in St. Charles County Parks; Indian Camp Creek, Big Creek and Peruque Creek do allow swimming, but they are overseen and regulated by the State of Missouri.
The Parks Department thanks you in advance for reporting concerns and for following park regulations to ensure safety for all. To learn more about St. Charles County Parks, visit stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.