Perks of the Park

If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing day out, Big Elk is the place to be! You can enjoy all the benefits of our park with a day pass, whether you want to camp, float, or just chill. Our park has something for everyone, from our cute animal pen and merry-go-round for the little ones, to our delicious Queen Bee food truck that serve breakfast on weekends. You can also play some sports on our, volleyball and basketball courts (just remember to bring your own ball), or shop for snacks, sporting goods and souvenirs at our campground store. And don’t worry about staying connected, we have free wifi and two spacious bath houses for your convenience.

Here’s some other fun you’ll find at Big Elk, today!

Large Beaches
Volleyball and Basketball Court (Bring your ball)
Campground Store
Free Wifi
Access to two large Bath houses

Fun in McDonald County

If you’re looking for a fun getaway, why not visit McDonald County in Southwest Missouri? It’s close to three other states, so you can enjoy a variety of scenery and activities. You’ll love camping under the stars and discovering the hidden gems of this county.

Here are some of the cool things you can do around this area.



We love Elk River and we love fishing. That's why we offer everything you need to enjoy your fishing trip. Whether you need a ride, some bait, or a friendly cheer, we've got you covered. At Big Elk, we celebrate every catch and share it with the world. Come and join us for the best fishing service in the county.



This sustainable bike recreation area includes a bicycle playground, skate spot, with concrete pump track, skills trails, flow trail with progression jump opportunities and a Hammock chill zone! It is located right next to Sugar Island! The newest addition to the bike park is a great pavilion to rest under or to have a birthday party at.



Rush Springs Ranch is the ULTIMATE off road park. The ranch is filled with 70 miles of off roading trails for any experience level and vehicle type! You want smooth and steady? They’ve got it! You want Extreme and dangerous feeling? They’ve got that too! What’s even cooler is that they offer guided tours as well as driving lessons if you’re just the wee bit nervous about taking off on your own.

Bluff Dwellers Cave


Beat the heat on a hot summer's day, in the cool Bluff Dwellers Cave. You guided tour is about an hour long. You will see salamanders, cave crayfish, bats, and frogs. They have a geology and history museum, Gem panning and gift shop.

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