Creve Coeur Park
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.
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Features & Amenities
+ 4 Playgrounds
+ Spray Fountain Play Area
+ 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
+ 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.
+ Boat and Bike Rentals
+ Boat Ramp
+ Year-Round Restrooms (Tremayne Shelter & Go Ape)
+ Reservable Shelters
Greensfelder Memorial 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.
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Creve Coeur Park
13219 Streetcar Drive, Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043