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Season Opener: Camping 2022 in Pomme de Terre State Park, Missouri

 After two failed attempts to get the 2022 camping season underway (two rainouts, back to back) we were able to get a quick weekend away to Pomme de Terre State Park.  Pomme de Terre State Park is located in the southwest part of the state, about 3 hours from the Saint Louis area where we live.  There are campgrounds in two locations on the lake, one on the Pittsburg side and the other in Hermitage.  The park includes a marina and boat ramps, two public swimming beaches, two hiking trails, 240 campsites, yurts, cabins, and a lake house.  Something for everyone!

We stayed on the Pittsburg side of the lake, enjoying a large site, lots of trees, wildflowers, and beautiful sunsets.  Our site wasn't as close to the full-service restrooms as we like, so we brought along a porta-potty just in case.  We weren't too far from the lake, but we had to walk to see the lake.  We considered the campground to be clean and the bathrooms reasonably so.  

As usual, we cooked several of our meals but we did eat out once, at a place called The Crappie Hole.  Now before you think this is a Crappie restaurant, it isn't.  The only fish served here was catfish, which was delicious, as was everything we tried on the menu. Our favorite was the fried mushrooms, which our waitress said were made fresh daily.  There were incredible.

We spent time at the Marina on the Lake. I found it to be charming and well-stocked.  The store had basic camping needs plus a line of cute tees with a sweet logo.  There were several flavors of hand-scooped ice cream to choose from, a decent breakfast and lunch menu, plus a quaint outdoor bar.  We came back for biscuits and gravy for our breakfast on our way back home and they were delicious!

We plan to come back next year and rent a boat, eat at The Crappie Hole, have breakfast at the marina and maybe stay in a yurt!  Lots of fun to be had at this quiet park in the Missouri Parks system!

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