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: Visitors to Lone Elk County Park will need to explore a temporary detour to reach the I-44 north outer road in Valley Park on their way to see the park and it's amazing two- and four-legged residents.The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Pace Construction, closed the western ramp connecting southbound Route 141 and the north outer road before morning rush on Monday, February 27. This closure is part of on-going work to update and rebuild the connections between Route 141, I-44 and the north outer road as a part of the Route 141 Design Build project in Valley Park. The connection will remain closed until mid-summer 2017. To detour around the closure, take Route 141 south, turn left onto South Highway Drive and bear to the right. Take South Highway Drive to the Maritz overpass, turn left and then turn left onto North Highway Drive. Take North Highway Drive to the roundabout and access the north outer road.

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 8/17/17 11:25 am)

The 5-mile loop trail at Cliff Cave Park is now open, but please be cautious of standing water

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.