Suburban St. Louis RV Park Set to Open Next Month
Project Manager Mike Yerion has been working on 370 Lakeside Park in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters and the levee surrounding it since 2005.
Along the way there have been starts and stops, like in 2008 when the Mississippi River flooded northern St. Charles County. But now the park is less than a month away from its grand opening, Suburban Journals reported.
So what will greet park visitors on the first day?
One of the city's goals is to operate a successful RV park. When the park opens, 50 campsites for recreational vehicles will be available. All of the sites are equipped with water, sanitary and electrical hookups. Each RV site has its own picnic table. Fees for RVs are between $35 and $40 daily. Some RV reservations require a three-night minimum stay. Campers can stay no longer than two weeks at any one site and a maximum of 60 days in the park.
RV pull-through sites are 18-feet by 72-feet and back-in sites are 18-by-55. The sites are equipped with 50-amp service. To reserve a campsite call 636-387-LAKE (5253). Campers receive free Wi-Fi service, and there will be round-the-clock on-site security.
St. Peters is trying to tie the park in with one of its most popular facilities; RV campers will be offered resident rates at the St. Peters Rec-Plex when they stay at the park. Mid Rivers Mall also will be a popular attraction for RV campers. The mall and Rec-Plex are both about 10 minutes from the park.
Besides the RV sites, 10 other campsites will be available after the grand opening. Three of the park's 4.5 miles of trail around the lake will be open. The lake will be open for fishing and boating, but limited to trolling motors. The boat launch will be open. Jeff Hutsler, St. Peters director of parks and recreation, said he hopes to have watercraft and bikes for rent in May.
The lake's average depth is 8 feet. A pair of pump stations will allow the lake to rise and fall, depending on conditions on the Mississippi River, which is three miles from the park.
"There's a drop gate in there that keeps the river from coming in when it's high, so if we have a repeat of Hurricane Ike a few years ago — where we got several inches of rain — to keep the park from flooding, those floats kick on and keep this at a regulated height," Yerion said.