These Missouri summers can be brutal when it comes to the heat.  You have two options if we are being honest.  You can stay in the air conditioning (be in at home or at work) or you can spend it outside in a cool spot.  If you want to do the 2nd option, I have a few suggestions that might work for you. Have you even been swimming in a quarry?

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Missouri has 6 quarry lakes that I wanted to bring to your attention. Some of them are not that far from Sedalia.  The first one I will highlight is at Finger Lakes State Park in Columbia.  Click HERE for their official website.

Finger Lake State Park - Facebook Page
Finger Lake State Park - Facebook Page
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The quarry lake features clear, cool water, making it an ideal spot to cool down all summer long. If you prefer spending your time on the water instead of in it, head to the boat ramp. You can rent a canoe or a kayak.  Swimming near the sand certainly works too. You certainly may see an electric motor boat or two.

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Finger Lake State Park - Missouri State Parks
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Another quarry lake can be found in Rolla.  It is called The Fugitive Beach.  It is a former quarry that has a water park and a lake.  You can bring your own cooler, book a cabana or a pavilion. Beach volleyball is there as well as the Beach Bar & Grill for grub. Lots of water to swim in for sure.

Fugitive Beach - Facebook Page
Fugitive Beach - Facebook Page
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Fugitive Beach - Facebook Page
Fugitive Beach - Facebook Page
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Another option for you is Klondike Park in Augusta Missouri.  The park itself offers a full menu of fun activities – from a playground to picnic spots. You can even set off on one of the hiking trails for a relaxing hike or a bike ride. The quarry will offer options for swimming and fishing.

Klondike Park - Facebook Page
Klondike Park - Facebook Page
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A unique lookout bluff provides picturesque views of the Missouri River Valley, as well as the historic Katy Trail. Click HERE for their website

Klondike Park - Facebook Page
Klondike Park - Facebook Page
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An old friend of mine has been to Elephant Rocks State Park.  Have you?  It draws visitors from Missouri and far beyond because of its impressive 1.5-billion-year-old granite rocks that look like a line of circus elephants. After you’ve explored Elephant Rocks, consider stopping by one of the quarry lakes. Go fishing or just enjoy the view. The state park also features playgrounds, picnic tables, and hiking trails.

Elephant Rocks State Park - Facebook Page
Elephant Rocks State Park - Facebook Page
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You can click HERE for their official website.

The Elephant Rock Formation at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada at Sunset
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Our final 2 quarries are a part of Wakonda State Park.  You can click HERE for their website. The park has 6 quarry lakes and the largest is Wakonda Lake.  The Wakonda Beach actually spans 20,000 square feet, and that would be a great place to swim.

Wakonda Lake - Missouri State Parks
Wakonda Lake - Missouri State Parks
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Another popular quarry lake at Wakonda State Park, Agate Lake is particularly popular for those who love spending time on the water. It, too, has a boat ramp, making it easy for you to slide your boat, kayak, or canoe into the water.

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All Trails - Kelly Kielsmeier
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Hope these quarries peak your interests this summer.  They all will offer a lot for you and your families.  Stay cool!

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