River's Edge Park

North of The District
17125 North Outer 40 Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63005

This peaceful 188-acre passive park is conveniently located near the heart of Chesterfield Valley, but is tucked quietly away from the bustling retail commerce just south of the Missouri River. To access the heart of the park, visitors walk less than half a mile on a crushed limestone trail before the trail opens up to a beautiful lake surrounded by a wall of mature trees on every side. The trail continues around the entire 1.6 mile circumference of the lake and branches off to two boardwalks and a mulched trail.  

The park offers a convenient boating dock attached to a park shelter for fishing enthusiasts. The Parks, Recreation & Arts Department has provided the copious amount of fish that occupy the lake. River’s Edge Park parking is in the shared parking lot on the western edge of The District. The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Trails | Recreation Programs | Shelter | Picnic Benches | Lake | Fishing | Restrooms | Boardwalks | Kayaking | Canoeing

The trail and surrounding wooded area has welcomed nature-lovers and environmentalists as well. Bird watching is a popular activity at the park. Chesterfield is rich in different habitats and ecosystems and this makes for some prime bird watching experiences. The park and its surrounding areas offer habitats for many species of woodland songbirds and woodpeckers. River's Edge Park has a detailed map of walking, biking and running trail routes available for download here.

Walking around the park, you may have seen Bat Boxes installed in the trees around River's Edge Park.  These Bat Boxes allow bats, sometimes hundreds, to sleep so that they are not exposed to the elements.  The overall goal is to attract the bats near the lake so that they will feed on mosquitoes and other bugs.  The Bat Boxes were created by Justin Sellers, a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 631 and Parkway Central High School student. His father, Scott Sellers and his fellow troop members installed the boxes in the trees.