Located just off the historic
Katy Trail and hailed as an innovative addition to the county park
system, Klondike Park is a popular destination for outdoor
recreationalists, families, and scout troops. The park was once the
site of a silica sand quarry but the area has been restored to its
natural habitat. Klondike Park features a modern conference center,
picnic shelters, camper cabins and primitive camping spaces, a
fishing lake, and a bluff that overlooks the surrounding Missouri
The land was originally owned by Wilhelm (William) Engelage, a
farmer from Prussia. In 1898, the Tavern Rock Sand Company bought a
portion of the property and began Klondike Quarry. The silica sand
mined from this quarry was mixed with soda and limestone to create
glass products. The top layer was used to make amber glass because
of its yellow, clay-stained color, while clear glass was made from
the white sand found below 18 feet. Production reached a peak in
1945 when 233,420 tons of sand were exported from the quarry to meet
the demands caused by World War 2. The quarry was permanently shut
The park is home to the Curt Loupe Conference Center which is
available for rental throughout the week and accommodates up to 115
guests. Multiple rooms, vaulted ceilings, a kitchen, and a patio
overlooking the park allow for both formal and informal events, as
well as corporate retreats and presentations.
The park features six camper cabins that provide a sturdy roof and
dry beds and sleep up to eight. Restrooms and a shower house are
located nearby. Advanced reservations are required for the cabins.
For a true camping experience, tent sites are available. Primitive
sites offer tent space, a table, and a fire ring. Basic sites
provide a tent pad, covered table, fire ring, and lantern post.
Advanced reservations and walk-ins (on a space-available basis) are
welcomed. Three picnic shelters at Klondike Park are available for
rental and accommodate up to 100 guests each.
A bluff near the Curt Loupe Conference Center provides an overview
of the park, Katy Trail, Missouri River valley, and the surrounding
countryside. The area is also perfect for star gazing, wildlife and
foliage viewing, and photography. Klondike Park offers numerous
trails, which make the park a preferred choice for hikers and
bicyclists. Approximately one mile of paved trail and four miles of
natural trail wind through the wooded and rugged terrain. The park’s
proximity to the Katy Trail makes Klondike Park a convenient
stopping point for picnics, showers, or camping along the route. In
addition to its picturesque lake stocked with bluegill, bass, and
catfish, Klondike Park offers access to the Missouri River and its
many recreational opportunities. Boaters may use the loading ramp -
located north of the park entrance - while others can travel the
short path to the Katy Trail and the river bank. Fishing within the
park is catch-and-release only.
Park Hours are 7 am to one-half hour after sunset
There is no charge to visit Klondike Park
From Highway 40/61, turn south on Highway 94 and pass Busch Wildlife, the
town of Defiance, and the Matson access to the Katy Trail. Turn left into
Klondike Park before reaching Augusta. The park is approximately 14 miles
south of the Highway 40/94 interchange.
Klondike Park -
This site is maintained by the St. Charles County Parks Department.