Located at the southern end of the Lincoln Hills near Troy in Lincoln County is Cuivre River State Park. The park is one of Missouri's largest and most rugged parks with 6,394 acres of upland woods, riparian forests, limestone glades, tall grass prairie, savannas, and bluffs. These diverse habitats allow the park to support a vast array of native plant and animal life.
Cuivre River State Park offers its visitors a wide range of activities. A staffed Visitor Center is located at the entrance to the park and includes interactive exhibits (photo left) on the area's geology, wildlife, and how the park was formed. Cuivre River State Park offers basic, electric and electric, water and sewer campsites, an equestrian campground, and a special-use camping area. Three group camps constructed during the CCC era are available for group rental and include cabins, a dining lodge and recreation areas.
Three picnic areas, including a historic CCC rock picnic shelter, are located throughout the park. From May through September park naturalists conduct nature hikes, a variety of interpretive programs, and evening programs at the campground amphitheater.
Cuivre River State Park is located off of MO-47 3 miles east of Troy off of US 61 or 10 1/2 miles west of Winfield Missouri off of MO-79 (the Great River Road.)
The Cuivre River is a low gradient, seventh order river located in northeast Missouri. It originates in Audrain and Pike counties and flows south-eastward through Pike, Montgomery, Lincoln, Warren and St. Charles counties to its confluence with the Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri. Its major tributaries are the West Fork Cuivre River and the North Fork Cuivre River. The entire watershed is 1,235 square miles.
There is one state park, five Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) lake or wildlife areas and three MDC stream fishing accesses. Approximately 23% of the watershed is forested and 77% is cultivated, pastured or otherwise developed.
Sport fish present include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, white bass, common carp, freshwater drum, buffalo, bluegill and green sunfish.
Bottomland forest of sycamore, bur oak, black walnut and hackberry. Brush, coves, shoreline rip-rap.