When To Go
While some campgrounds remain open year-round, most shut down as the water in the basin diminishes around August.
Those that close for fall/winter usually re-open somewhere between mid-April to Memorial Day weekend.
Most visitors to the campgrounds of the Elk River basin towns of Powell, Pineville, Anderson, Lanagan, Ginger Blue, Noel and Southwest City Missouri usually make their trip from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
Most find camping more acceptable as overnight air temperatures become more moderate in late May.
Those wishing to avoid high heat and humidity conditions usually make their outings by Memorial Day weekend. During years of good water, conditions in late August and September can also be quite nice.
While fall camping can be highly enjoyable during favorable weather, the over-winter camper usually occupies an RV.
Benefits of off-season camping include:
- A lack of crowds
- Greater presence of wildlife in a more pristine state
- Moderate daytime high temperatures with lower humidity
- Sights like those below