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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails, and ball fields and courts. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the opens in a new windowcity’s beautiful parks.

TOSS A DISC

albert oakland disc golf course

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out opens in a new windowAlbert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses. Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park.

GO FOR A SWIM

stephens lake park swimming beach

Columbia may not be anywhere near an ocean but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great swimming beach. Head to opens in a new windowStephens Lake Park to cool off with your family – the beach has no lifeguard so stick to the Spraygrounds if you’re worried about the little ones.

CATCH A FISH

stephens lake park fishing columbia mo

Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of opens in a new windowpark fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

GET ON A ROLL

Cosmo Skate Park - P and R FB

Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the opens in a new windowColumbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

CHECK OUT THE VIEW

capen park, columbia mo

You might be surprised to find the bluffs and scenic overlooks of opens in a new windowCapen Park hidden right in the middle of town. Rock climbers and hikers will appreciate the rewarding views.

BOND WITH YOUR PUP

twin lakes recreation area dog park

Columbia has three fenced opens in a new windowdog parks and two leash-free areas – perfect for letting your fur-kids run free and make new friends. Check out  opens in a new windowTwin Lakes Recreation Area, which has three separate fenced-in dog parks – one for the winter (to keep dogs safe from falling through ice), one for small dogs only (no taller than 18 inches at the shoulder), and Lakeside Dog Park, which can be used by all dogs and has access to the lake.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. And if the beaten path is what you’re looking for, we have some of those, too. Find out more about CoMo’s trails.

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Gone Fishin’

Today is National Go Fishing Day! To help you celebrate, we’ve put together some information on fishing in Columbia.

Stephens Lake Park fishing

 (Photo courtesy of Columbia Parks and Recreation)

City Parks:

Stocked by Missouri Department of Conservation unless otherwise noted

American Legion Lake (not stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation)
602 S. Legion Ln.
Acres for fishing – 0.25

Antimi Lake 
Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W.
Acres for fishing – 1.25
Fish include bass, catfish, sunfish, and crappie

Cosmo-Bethel Park
4500 Bethel St.
Acres for fishing – 7
Fish include bass, catfish, crappie, and trout

Lake of the Woods Recreation Area
7600 St. Charles Rd.
Acres for fishing – 2
Fish include bass, catfish, sunfish, and crappie

Nickell Lake (not stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation)
L.A. Nickell Golf Course, 1800 Parkside Dr.
Acres for fishing – 1.25 acres

Nifong Park (not stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation)
2900 E. Nifong Blvd.
Acres for fishing – 1.5

Philips Lake
5050 Bristol Lake Parkway
Acres for fishing – 40
Fish include bass, catfish, and sunfish
*Handicap accessible dock

Stephens Lake Park
2001 E. Broadway
Acres for fishing – 11
Fish include catfish, crappie, bass, and sunfish
*2 Handicap accessible docks

Twin Lakes Recreation Area
2500 Chapel Hill Rd.
Acres for fishing – 26
Fish include catfish, bluegill, crappie, bass, and sunfish
*Handicap accessible dock

Missouri Department of Conservation areas:

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
6700 West Rte. K
4 miles of stream, 5 miles of river (Missouri River)
Fish include catfish, carp, buffalo, drum, and crappie

Hinkson Woods Conservation Area
On MKT: 1 mile east of Scott Blvd access, 1 mile west of Forum Blvd access
2 miles of stream
Fish include bass, catfish, sunfish, and crappie

Rocky Fork Conservation Area
3500 E. Gans Rd.
Acres for fishing – 300
Fish include bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish

Three Creeks Conservation Area
Deer Park Rd. off of Hwy 63
9 miles of streams
Fish include bass and sunfish

Other fishing spots:

Cooper’s Landing – 11505 Smith Hatchery Rd.
Katfish Katy’s – 8825 Sarr St.
Finger Lakes State Park – 1505 E. Peabody Rd.

For information on City Park fishing regulations, click here.
For more information on state fishing regulations and permits, click here.

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Father’s Day is right around the corner! Struggling to think of something fun to do with dad? We’ve put together a list of fun things to do right here in Columbia to help you out!

Fishing:

Grab your fishing poles and some snacks, and head outside to enjoy some quality time with your dad!

Don’t forget your fishing license! Find more information on fishing in city parks on Parks and Rec’s website.

Columbia Star Dinner Train:

For Father’s Day, dads ride half price! Eat lunch while enjoying the scenery pass by. Train departs at 1:00 PM. Find more information about the diner train here.

Golf:

Treat dad to a round of golf at one of these Columbia courses:

Bowling and more:

Hit the bowling alley or play a game of laser tag!

  • AMF Town & Country Lanes, 1508 N. Providence, 573-442-4729  – Open noon-midnight Sat-Sun
  • Lazer Lanes, 3412 Grindstone Pkwy., 573-447-6021 – Sat: 10 AM-Midnight, Sun: Noon-10 PM

WingStock and carnival:

For the biker dad! Check out Harley Davidson, 5704 Freedom Dr., on Saturday for a full-size carnival and the annual WingStock event, including a wing contest, live music, beer garden, and more!

Movies:

Choose from one of these “guy-friendly” movies in theaters now:

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • 22 Jump Street

Goodrich Forum 8, 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy.

Regal Stadium 14, 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.

Hiking/Biking:

Explore these parks and trails, and maybe even pack a picnic basket for lunch!

Father’s Day Brunch:

The restaurants below feature a Sunday brunch or breakfast buffet, perfect for Father’s Day!

We hope you have a very happy Father’s Day!

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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails and opportunities to frolic. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

Toss a Disc

Beautiful Disc Golf course in Albert-Oakland Park

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out Albert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses! Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park. Try your hand at this growing sport and you may leave Columbia with a new favorite hobby!

Catch a Fish

Fishing is one of the many activities for the whole family at Stephens Lake Park.

Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of opens in a new windowpark fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked to make your fishing time even more exciting! There’s nothing like a relaxing few hours enjoying your time in Columbia with family.

Get on a Roll

Catch some air at Cosmo.

Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the opens in a new windowColumbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. We’ll see you at the park!

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