After staying in the St. Peters 370 Lakeside RV Park, you will say, “Wow!!”
When you’ve stayed in more than a few RV parks, you begin to appreciate the little things in life, like water. And connections that actually work. And cleanliness. This RV park has all of those things, with a cheerful attitude, a smile, and a 24 hour security guard who will come to help you even if you had to change your plans and call in at the last minute on your way from across the state, and their office is closed when you arrive (ask us how we know that!) The St. Peters 370 Lakeside RV Park is clean, well laid out, well-kept, has a delightful lake behind it, and the individual sites each have electricity, water, and sewer connections that all work wonderfully. A few of the sites are paved, but many are gravel. However, as the whole is park is more or less level, it’s of virtually no consequence.
The office staff is friendly and helpful, and they keep hot coffee, firewood, boat rentals, and other niceties on hand for purchase. The office is clean and air-conditioned, bright and cheerful, with window boxes overflowing with flowers on the front railing. The most astonishing thing of all is that the staff actually water the flowers, so that they thrive, bloom and flourish.
We enjoyed our time there to fullest, and were able to really relax and not have to worry about things (such as, ‘will my RV roll into the lake?’ or, ‘why is water spraying into the air from the connections to the hoses?’ or ‘why doesn’t this electrical outlet seem to be any of the sizes commonly known to man?’ etc, etc.) The people staying in the park seemed to be friendly, law-abiding, quiet folk, who would be courteous and thoughtful.
The location of the park is excellent, as well. If, like us, you wish to go into St. Louis from your RV site, but you do NOT wish to tow your RV into St. Louis, this park is on the outskirts of St. Charles, as you come into St. Louis from the West on Highway 70, coming from Kansas City or Jefferson City. You simply take the exit for Highway 370 as you approach St. Peters, to get to the park.
If you wish to congregate with a group of RVers, for example to hold a family reunion, this park is a great place to do so, as they have a lovely pavilion and several shelters where folks can gather in an open-air setting. In fact, they regularly hold open-air music concerts under these pavilions.
All in all, our little camper was so blissfully happy in this park that he keeps asking us if he can go back!! 🙂 Even though it was broiling hot outside while we stayed there, the convenience of the park made it a lovely time despite the temperature, and our brave new little trailer battled on to keep us cool. We had just purchased our wonderful new Shadow Cruiser at Colaw RV the day before (thank you, Hailey and the staff, for rushing through the process to have us on the road in time for our trip!! I will write a separate post about the gorgeous interior of the Shadow Cruiser, too.) Despite the fact that this was our new camper’s maiden voyage, we had a wonderful time, due in large part to the high quality of the RV park, and the ease of setting everything up.
In fact, perhaps the moral of this story is, if you are going to St. Louis, you must stay at the 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters, and, more importantly, you MUST CALL AHEAD so that you will be sure to have a spot to stay, since this park is so wonderful that everyone else wishes to stay here as well!
370 Lakeside Park
1 St. Peters Centre Blvd
Saint Peters, MO 63376
And, if you are going to stay here, and you are looking for a good place to eat, treat yourself by driving out to Wentzville, to the west a few miles, to eat the Stone’s Summit steakhouse. (More about this, and other good places to eat, in another post, coming soon!) You won’t be sorry. They serve real food, sourced locally, except the seafood, which is flown in. It will rank among the best places you’ve ever eaten in your life.
But, really, one could be perfectly happy, just basking in the sunshine, blue skies, blue water, and green grass surrounding the campsites at Lakeside. There is a beautiful flat, wide, paved trail around the lake, where walkers, bikers, joggers, dog owners, kids, etc, love to spend time.
In fact, if you are feeling particularly whimsical, you can rent a bicycle-built-for-two (or more!!):
The entire park is protected by a large, tall dyke made of earth that runs the length of the park, and nicely shelters it from highway noises and views. We engaged in lengthy conjectures as to the cause, origins, purpose, and construction of this embankment, and we still remain equally ignorant as to any of them. Was it to prevent the river’s floods from reaching the park? Was it to hide any factories that might be built nearby? Was it built by the highway department? (If the answers to any of these turn out to be interesting, perhaps you will be enriched by an article upon the subject in future :).
One of the most charming details about the park is the metalwork, done by a true artist, gracing the tops of each lightpole. There are different animals atop the lightposts, and it is quite fun to identify them as you drive to your campsite. There are blue herons, beavers, foxes, deer, hawks, and so on. Don’t miss them as you drive through!! In fact, don’t miss staying here. You’ll be glad you did.