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)

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.

LAKE LEAK: In mid-May, St. Louis County Parks staff became aware that the main lake in Lone Elk Park was losing water. Upon investigation it was discovered that there was a significant leak due to a large sink hole that was found on the east side of the lake. The lake lost about 7 feet of water but is now fairly stable with the water line below the sink hole.

Parks staff worked closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) regarding the concern for the fish population in the lake and the changing oxygen levels due to the significant loss of water and the fluctuating summer temperatures. To avoid a large fish kill, St. Louis County Parks held a Catch and Keep Fishing Event at the lake on Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17.

The three-day event proved to be very successful. Twenty-eight patrons participated and caught approximately 365 fish, ranging from bass to bluegill. Special circumstance regulations set by the MDC allowed all caught fish to be kept. Around 250 pounds of excess fish were donated to the World Bird Sanctuary.

Parks staff have since worked to fill the hole and now have to wait for Mother Nature to provide the water.

“We haven’t seen a significant increase in the water level as of yet,” said Jim Gerken, Parks Operations Manager. “We think the warm summer temperatures are keeping the water level low but are hopeful that by next spring the lake will be back to normal. We will continue to keep an eye on it and make additional repairs if needed”


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.)

Park Hours: 8 a.m. to one half hour past official sunset, 
except when reservations are issued.

Lone Elk photo submitted by Saikiran Bomidika of Chesterfield

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Park Closings:

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.