Creve Coeur Park

Sailboat Cove - 13725 Marine 63146
(click here for directions to the Sailboat Cove area of the park)

Upper Park - 13236 Streetcar Drive 63043


​PARK NOTICE: 

Over the past few years, Creve Coeur Park Lake has become infested with Asian Carp. These fish are not native to the U.S. and are considered to be an invasive species with detrimental impacts on native fish populations. These fish don’t breed in Creve Coeur Lake.  They breed in flowing rivers such as the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  They find their way into Creve Coeur Lake during periods of high water.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey and the Missouri Department of Conservation are planning a coordinated effort to remove up to 90% of the Asian carp from Creve Coeur Lake.  MDC estimates that there are 50,000 Asian carp in the lake.

This effort is already underway and will continue through January and February, depending on weather and water conditions.  During this time, park visitors may see large boats on Creve Coeur Lake and Mallard Lake.  Some activity may occur at night.  Visitors may notice buoys on the lakes.  We ask that these be left undisturbed.  Lake usage will be impacted periodically and we ask users to heed posted instructions.   

Also, some restrictions of trail use may occur periodically, particularly at the Sailboat Cove parking lot and boat ramp.  We ask trail users for their patience, understanding and cooperation.  Any restrictions will be posted. 



Park Hours
8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

 


General Information / History
Creve Coeur Lake formed several thousand years ago when a meander loop of the Missouri River was cut off. 

The name is French, literally meaning “broken heart” but used as a figure of speech to describe a great grief, sorrow, or affliction. Although obviously spurious tales of Indian maidens have been told in the 20th century about the origins of the name here, the truth is that the Anglo settlers in this area never learned why earlier French settlers had employed this expression. 

Creve Coeur Lake became the site of a large resort and vacation area. In 1881, the Missouri Pacific Railroad built a spur line to the lake from Laclede Station. Jacob Studt, a local farmer and general store owner, built the first of several hotels, dance pavilions, and boat houses on the Upper Lake. In 1889 he offered grounds and a subsidy for the annual county fair, which was held there for about thirty years. The upper level of the park was once the site of a large amusement park known as “Electric Park.”

The brick building centrally located in the park was originally a booster station for the city electricity that powered the streetcars. The brick building was also the location of the “loop,” where the streetcars turned around to return to the city. 

Four hundred acres of land was donated to St. Louis County on June 3, 1945, and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park became the first County Park. 


From funds allocated through the 1969 County Bond Issue, St. Louis County purchased all the land surrounding the lake, including the Creve Coeur Beach Subdivision, a development east of Marine Drive that went back to the 1920s. 

In 1984 the 2nd L&WCF grant was received for the development of the Sailboat Cove. In early 1990, MoDOT started active planning for the extension of Page Avenue. It was determined that 25.8 acres of right-of-way needed to be taken from Creve Coeur Park across the south end of the lake. Section 6(f) of the Land & Water Conservation Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act require that the environmental damage associated with this highway project be mitigated. As a result, 1,005.8 acres were added to Creve Coeur Park in 1999. Four miles of paved bicycle path were constructed in the park. 

In 2015, the County's first Water Trail was added at Creve Coeur Park. 

Click here for more history of Creve Coeur Park


Features & Amenities
 + 4 Playgrounds
 + Spray Fountain Play Area
 + Trails
 + Water Trail
Saint Louis County Department of Parks partnered with Great Rivers Greenway to bring you a brand new way to experience Creve Coeur Lake. This 6 mile journey across the lake and up the creek provides a look into the unique history of the park as well as the natural flora and fauna. Points of interest are located around the lake with interpretive information being available from the brochure or with a smart phone. Some of the points of interest can be reached via the trail system that encircles Creve Coeur Lake.
 + Disc Golf
 + Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course
 + Archery
 + Tennis Courts
 + Recreational Lake & Beach Area
320-acre lake. Only non-gasoline boats are permitted. Recreational sand beach along the north-east shore, swimming is not allowed. The "Dripping Springs" waterfall can be found along the south-east shore. Wildlife area along south and west shore. Lake is stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation. MDC regulations apply.
 + Fishing
 + Boat and Bike Rentals
 + Boat Ramp
 + Year-Round Restrooms (Tremayne Shelter & Go Ape)
 + Reservable Shelters
Greensfelder Memorial Shelter
Tremayne Shelter
Heldmann Shelter
Taco Bell Shelter

 


INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT: The lake(s) at this park are known to be infested with Asian Carp. These fish can top 50 pounds and can leap 10 feet into the air when startled by boaters, which can cause serious injuries to passengers in moving boats and tear up gear. For more information, please click here.

Special Projects
Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex
Construction on the new Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex started in April 2017 and is expected to be completed in early 2018. When completed, the complex will be home to 13 artificial turf fields, two smaller, youth-sized natural grass fields plus concessions, restrooms and lighted parking areas throughout.  For more information click here.

 

McKelvey Trail Project
Construction has started on the expansion of the McKelvey Trail! This project, funded by Great Rivers Greenway in partnership with St. Louis County and the City of Maryland Heights, will provide 1.9 miles of new trail to connect Creve Coeur Park to the McKelvey Woods Trail at Fee Fee Creek. The first phase of the McKelvey Woods trail, completed in 2013, started at the Maryland Heights Aqua-port site and ended near Fee Fee Creek. 

Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2018. For more information, click here.


Go Ape!
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Creve Coeur Park
13219 Streetcar Drive, Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043

 

 


Creve Coeur After Hours
Creve Coeur Lake Rentals


View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 11/02/17 10:55 a.m.)


  * The restrooms at Lemay Park are closed for repair. Port-a-potties are in place. Shelter reservations are still available.

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

* Unger Park is open to the shelter parking lot, but the trail is closed beyond the riverside parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.