Lone Elk

I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141
1 Lone Elk Park Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63088

546 acres
(click here for directions to the park)

Construction Notification: 
The MoDOT construction at the Interstate 44 and Highway 141 intersection has rerouted how park guests can access Lone Elk Park and Lower Buder Park.  The best way to get to the park is headed westbound on Interstate 44:

- Take the Exit 272 (for Highway 141) and get into the right hand lane.
- Before getting to 141, turn right into a new roundabout. 
- Take the 1
st exit off the roundabout for Buder Park. 
- Take the 2
nd (only other option) exit off the roundabout for Lone Elk Park
- Follow the road (North Highway Drive -- same road as it used to be) under 141 and along Interstate 44 to Lone Elk Park.

Click here for aerial view of the directions


Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. Motorcycles are prohibited. Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle.

The park officially opens at 7 a.m. in the summer and 8 a.m. in the winter. However, the gates are physically opened and the public is free to enter by 6:30-7 a.m. year round.  

Fishing at Lone Elk Park: Due to the lake leak last summer, Lone Elk lake will be closed to fishing in 2017 to rebuild the fish population. If you have questions, please contact us at PMailbox@stlouisco.com.

Animal Viewing: Staff feed the animals first thing in the morning. The best time to view the animals is before 8 a.m.

Did you know.....
What is the difference between bison and buffalo?

Scientifically, the term "buffalo" is incorrect for the North American species; its proper Latin name is Bison bison. However, common usage has made the term "buffalo" an acceptable synonym for the American bison. (from The American Buffalo in Transition, by J. Albert Rorabacher.)

Lone Elk photo submitted by Saikiran Bomidika of Chesterfield

View Park Events

Park Closings:

(as of 9/19/17 9:35 am)

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

Creve Coeur back loop playground water feature is shut down for the season. 

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.