Lone Elk Park - St. Louis County, MO
Posted by: Wampa-One
N 38° 31.888 W 090° 32.572
15S E 714178 N 4267647
Quick Description: Wildlife management area, where elk and bison roam freely within park boundaries. I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2008 5:21:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM4EBW
Wildlife area with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. World Bird Sanctuary. Chubb Trail (mountain bike) access. Picnic sites and shelters. Facilities in Lone Elk Park include reservable and first-come, first-served picnic sites. Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area. Motorcycles prohibited. Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle. ~ from official site
The park acreage was once a part of the 2,400-acre Tyson Valley Powder Plant used for the testing and storage of ammunition by the federal govenment during WWII. After the War, the area served as a County Park, and in 1948 herds of elk and bison were established. The land was re-acquired by the Federal Government during the Korean War, and for safety reasons the wildlife herds were destroyed in 1958. However, one lone bull elk survived.
In 1964 St. Louis County acquired 405 acres of the original tract, and in 1966 the name was changed from Tyson Park to Lone Elk County Park. Six additional elk were obtained from Yellowstone National Park in 1966 through the efforts of the children of the Rockwood School District and West St. Louis County Lions Club. Construction of the park’s lake was done by Fred Weber at no cost to the County. The park was officially opened to the public on October 17, 1971. Six bison were acquired from the St. Louis Zoo in July 1973. Pens have since been rebuilt to a high standard.
There are a series of auto tour routes through the park which provide the opportunity to view elk and American Bison from your vehicle, sometimes in close proximity. The terrain of the 546 acre park is rather hilly and there are no guarantees of seeing any of the wildlife on any particular visit.