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                                                                                    PARKS & RECREATION
If nature and the outdoors is what you like, then Sikeston and the surrounding area has much to offer.  Sikeston’s park system includes fourteen parks featuring playground equipment, sports facilities, picnic pavilions, and other amenities.  Click on the red balloons on the map below for more information on each park facility or click the upper right corner of the map on the "{}" symbol to enlarge the map.  If you require additional information, contact our Sikeston Parks & Recreation Department at 573-475-3725.  


                                                                                               WALKING TRAILS
Sikeston is host to several walking trails and tracks, which are located throughout the city.  The walking trails are listed below along with their length in miles:
Sikeston Recreation Complex/Veterans Park Trail (501 Campanella Drive)
1.51 mile paved trail for walkers, runners and cyclists with exercise stations around the lake
R.S. Matthews Park (1101 Col. George E. Day Parkway)
.5+ mile chat track

Mary Lou Montgomery Park (300 S. Illinois Ave.)
.4 mile chat track

Roberta Rowe Park (937 Washington St.)
.25 mile chat track

Lincoln Park (900 W. North St.)
49 mile paved trail

Sikeston High School Track (Ingram & Ables Road)
400 meter rubberized track

7th & 8th Grade Center (510 Lindenwood)
.25 mile chat track with exercise stations

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                                                                         STATE PARKS, NATURE & FISHING TRAILS
Southeast Missouri offers several fishing and hunting areas, as well as nature trails for those who love the outdoors. 

State Parks, Hunting, Fishing and Nature Trails
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Big Oak Tree State Park, 13640 S. Highway 102, East Prairie MO, 573-649-3149
Big Oak Tree State Park offers towering hickory and oak trees that form a canopy that averages more than 120 feet in height.  The trees and wetlands make the park a prime place for wildlife as well as picnic sites.  A self-guided boardwalk trail and interpretive center tell the story of this rich landscape.

Fishing Trails 
(Please note that all the fishing areas listed on this page have State fishing license requirements that apply)      *Fishing Map 

  • Complex Lake- 501 Campanella Street, Sikeston 573-475-3725.  Located in the city's Recreation Complex, this 4.6 acre fishing lake is stocked Fishing Areas Collageperiodically with catfish.  A half-mile fitness trail surrounds the lake.  The park also features tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, and softball, baseball, and youth football fields.  Several playgrounds, picnic shelters, and restrooms are available.  Handicap accessible.  
  •  R.S. Matthews Park/C.P. Wing Lake - Col. George Day Parkway, Sikeston 573-475-3725 Features a 7 acre fishing lake with a boat ramp (no gas motors allowed). This park also features a .5 mile walking track, playground equipment and a picnic shelter. Restrooms are available.
  • St. John’s Bayou – Sikeston, 573-475-3725 The bayou runs north & south and can be accessed along Malone Avenue and Ables Road.
  • Lake Tywappity - East from Chaffee on Route A to Route RA, which leads to the lake in Scott County. 573-290-5730 Facilities/features: boat ramp, picnic area, pavilion, restrooms, disabled-accessible floating fishing dock, Tywappity Community Lake (37 acres), and 2.5 mile hiking trail.  Handicap Accessible.
  • 10 Mile Pond Conservation Area - East of East Prairie on Hwy 80, then 5 miles south on Hwy 102 in Mississippi County. 573-290-5730. This area features 3,755 acres for fishing, hunting, bird watching, and boat ramp. Handicap Accessible.
  • Big Oak Tree State Park/Big Oak Lake – 13640 State Hwy 102, East Prairie, 573-649-3149 The park features a 22 acre lake, boat ramp, 2 trails including a board walk, picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, and playground.  Handicap Accessible.
  • Seven Islands Conservation Area - East of East Prairie on Hwy 80, south on Hwy 102, then east on Rte A, 573-290-5730 This 1,375 acre conservation area features 2 Lakes (74 acre & 59 acre), bird watching, camping, and hunting (archery & muzzle loading only) . Boat Ramp/Parking lot.  Handicap Accessible.
  • Robert G. Delaney Lake (Big Lake) - North of Charleston on Route N, then 0.5 mile west on County Road 222 in Mississippi County. 573-290-5730 In addition to Delaney Lake (102 acres), there is bottomland forest, a boat ramp, and a fishing jetty. Parking lot, pavilion, and restrooms available.  Handicap Accessible.
  • Dorena Access - Near the levee at the junctions of County Road 507 and County Road 510 in Mississippi County. 573-290-5730. This area has a boat ramp that offers access to the Mississippi River.
  • Ross Lake - Located 7.1 miles from Scott City near Commerce. Take MO E to County Rd 341. 573-264-2322 Fishermen will find a variety of fish including striped bass, crappie and lake trout here.
  • General Watkins Conservation Area – Three miles south of Benton on Highway 61, or 1.5 miles south of Oran on Highway 77. Additional access is provided by traveling 0.5 mile on County Park Road. 573-290-5730 Facilities/features: camping area, picnic area, nine fishable lakes and ponds (20 acres total).
  • Donaldson Point Conservation Area - East of New Madrid on Rte WW, then south on Rte AB to County RD 405. 573-290-5730. This area features 5 ponds, Mississippi River access, bird watching, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, trapping (with special permit use), and dirt boat ramp.
  • Bird's Blue Hole – Located at the junction of County Rd 301 and Levee Junction southeast of Hwy 62 near Bird's Point in Mississippi County. 573-290-5730. This area features an 8 acre lake, bird watching, camping, canoeing, fishing, boat ramp, parking lot.
  • Thirty Four Corner Blue Hole Lake – Located 10 miles east of East Prairie on Hwy 80 in Mississippi County. 573-290-5730. Features a 9 acre fishing lake, boat ramp, camping, canoeing and gravel boat ramp.
  • Otter Slough Conservation Area – In Stoddard County, travel west of Dexter on Highway 60, then 10 miles south on Route ZZ to County Road 675. Turn west on 675 and travel two miles to the area entrance. 573-290-5730 Facilities/features: a concrete boat ramp, 21 unimproved boat ramps, primitive camping, picnic areas, three fishing jetties, fishing dock, Otter Lake (250 acres), Cypress Lake (100 acres), Otter Lake Natural Area and Bradyville Natural Area.  Handicap Accessible.
  • Duck Creek Conservation Area - The main entrance is nine miles north of Puxico on Highway 51 in Stoddard County. 573-290-5730. Facilities/features: four boat ramps, boat rentals, boat dock, primitive camping, six fishing jetties, and lake (1,800 acres). Handicap Accessible.
  • Crowleys Ridge Conservation Area - From Puxico, go 10 miles east on Route PP, then south one mile on County Road 237 in Stoddard County. 573-290-5730. Facilities/features: primitive camping and several fishable ponds (totaling 8 acres).