I am not a person that likes to swim in places I can't see the bottom, but one lake in the Tri-States was just ranked on a list for being the clearest lake in the state.

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Wakonda State Park in LaGrange, Missouri offers several different activities besides swimming. It offers hiking trails, camping, kayaking (rentals available), and a beach for building all those sand castles. Only in Your State even names this state park,

one of the best all-around parks in MO.

You wouldn't think a small park like this would get so much recognition, but Wakonda is the perfect place to get away without traveling a thousand miles to get to that perfect spot.

The clear water of Wakonda State Park's six lakes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl each year, making the park a bird lover’s paradise. The lakes also offer anglers a chance to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Two of the lakes have boat ramps, making it even easier to get into the water. A swimming beach provides a great place to cool off, and campsites make the park a perfect place to stay for awhile.

I have not been to Wakonda for a while now, but when I was a kid I loved going there so much. It reminded me of going to the beach with my family for the day when I lived on the east coast. It's such a fun place to take the kids for the day and just 20 minutes away from where I live. Get out this summer and head to this state park in Missouri, you won't be disappointed and you will be swimming in one of the clearest lakes in the Show-Me State.

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