Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park is located in Adair County, Missouri, just over 3 miles west of Kirksville, Missouri. The 3,215 acres park was established in 1952and include the 703-acre Forrest Lake.
Boats with outboard motors up to 90 horsepower are allowed, along with canoes and small sailboats. All private boats must have a city permit, which can be purchased for a nominal daily or seasonal fee at the marina. A fully equipped marina offering boat and equipment rentals along with convenience store grocery items is available.
The most common fish species found in Forest Lake are large-mouth bass, walleye, crappie, and channel catfish.
A large swimming beach with lifeguard, snack bar, changing areas and showers are open daily May 28 to September 6 from 1pm to 6pm, weather permitting.
Over sixty picnic sites, four open shelters, and one enclosed shelter are available. Two large playground areas are located near picnicking areas as well.
Hiking & Biking
The park features several hiking trails suited for a variety of experience levels. A six-mile mountain biking/hiking trail can also be found.