Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Camping with Your Dog Bolivar MO

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

Pomme de Terre State Park
(417) 852-4291
Pittsburg, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Finger Lakes State Park
(573) 443-5315
Columbia, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Shadow Rock Park & Campground (City Park)
(417) 546-2876
Forsyth, MO
Campground Availability
Mar thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Float Trips, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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KOA-Joplin
(417) 623-2246
Joplin, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Mark Twain National Forest (Lane Spring Campground)
(573) 364-4621
Rolla, MO
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Stockton State Park
(417) 276-4259
Stockton, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Pony Express RV Park & Campground
(816) 449-2039
Maysville, MO
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Sundermeier RV Park & Conference Center*
(800) 929-0832
111 Transit St
St. Charles, MO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Buck Creek Park (COE - Bull Shoals Lake)
(870) 785-4313
Theodosia, MO
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Guides, Playground, REC Open to Public

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Branson's Ozark Country Campground*
(800) 968-1300
679 Quebec Dr.
Branson, MO
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Play Equipment, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Camping with Your Dog

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February 7, 2010 by Jeanine Kennedy · 3 Comments  

We’re a family of animal lovers. With two dogs, one cat, a guinea pig and a salamander, we’ve got our own mini zoo around here.

So how do we balance our many pets with our love of camping? It’s not always easy, but here’s what we do.

The smaller animals most definitely stay at home. We usually hire a neighborhood kid to come in and take care of them while we’re gone. As for the dogs? That’s a different story, as they usually come along for the ride.

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

We’ve found that some national parks don’t allow dogs on their trails or at their attractions. So if you decide to bring your dog, you need to make sure you can safely keep them in your car or at your site.

Our boys after a fun day camping

Luckily, destinations that allow pets are far more common than the ones that don’t. So if you want to bring your furry friend on your next camping trip, just follow some simple steps. By doing so, you’ll find camping can be a pleasurable experience for humans and canines alike.

Things like size, age and personality are all factors to consider. You may want to ask yourself some other questions too. How do they react to change? Are they nervous or relaxed? Can they stay by themselves without endless barking or howling? If your dog is a homebody or does not do well in strange situations, you may want to consider hiring dog sitter to keep him or her company at home.

Our dogs happen to be pretty easy going. But they’re big. Sometimes it’s a balancing act to make sure there is enough room in the car to accommodate two Labs as well as all of our stuff.

When packing, make sure to include some portable bowls and plenty of water. A few plastic bags are also helpful in case your dog needs to take a potty break along the way.

And since most campgrounds have leash laws, it’s important to include a long lead. Even if your dog is usually well behaved, remember that campsites have many temptations not seen at home. Open food sources, wildlife and other dogs are just a few of the things you can come across.

We’ve also found that, when camping, a well-exercised pooch is a happy pooch. This will thwart boredom and promotes relaxation when they need to stay behind. Taking them running, hiking or playing in the water are all great ways to keep them happy.

Last but not least, dogs are creatures of habit. The more familiar the surrounds, the happier they will be. By bringing some familiar toys, a favorite dog bed and some treats from home will all help them feel more comfortable and safe.

In the end, remember that with a little planning, traveling with your dog can be a great...

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