What: A fun camping weekend with your friends, family and other cyclists in Northwest Missouri with cycling through Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.
When: September 14th, 15th and 16th, 2018.
Where: Big Lake State Park, 204 Lake Shore Drive, Craig, MO
Why: Bring your family and friends to a fun weekend of camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, food, cycling comradery and fun at Big Lake State Park.
About Big Lake State Park:
Because the Missouri River meanders throughout the region, large areas of sediment are often left after floods as the river changes course. These will occasionally reroute the river leaves shallow standing water in the loop called an Oxbow Lake. These 180 degree curvatures represent the bow part of an oxen yoke.
Big Lake is the largest remaining oxbow lake in the state of Missouri, and was probably formed around 1804. The initial lakefront was purchased by the state in 1932, creating one of the first public state parks in Northwest Missouri.
Today, the park is surrounded by very large Cottonwood and Walnut trees, has a very diverse ecosystem, and is a layover for migratory birds.
In addition, the state of Missouri has made recent updates to the park after the area was flooded in 1993 and again in 2011. These facilities include a modern shower house, on-site cabins, and well as drive through camper areas with power and water.
With the recent addition of the nearby Rulo, NE Missouri River Bridge, the idea was put together by some friends to have an end of season cycling adventure at Big Lake State Park.
More information and maps for the Big Lake area can be found at: https://mostateparks.com/park/big-lake-state-park