Sunday, July 28, 2013
Lone Elk Park, Valley Park
1 Lone Elk Park Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63088
(I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141, adjacent to the World Bird Sanctuary)
Amenities: picnic shelters, trails, lake with fishing, animal viewing
Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. When you enter the park, the first half of the park you drive through contains a lake for fishing, some picnic shelters and picnic areas. I didn't get any pictures, but we watched a raccoon family scavenge a picnic area after family finished their picnic. The second half of the park is drive through only (Motorcycles are prohibited), as the larger animals freely roam this part of the park. The photos below are taken from the car with no zoom, to give you an idea of how close to the road they are, and what a good view you get! There is no playground, and you cannot pet or interact with the animals, but this park does give kids a close up view of animals they would not ordinarily get to see. Note: Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle.