Thursday, June 23, 2022

Visit Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park


Betty's Lake at Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto
Betty's Lake at Sunset
St. Charles County Missouri has many wonderful parks to explore.  In this post I will review Broemmelsiek Park.  This park has a delightful history and is a great place for a photographer to explore. On this page I will tell you a bit of the history and the features of the park.  I will also share photographs that I took at the park on a recent trip with my photography club.

A Bit of History

The land for Broemmelsiek park was acquired by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation department in 2002. The original land acquisition included a partial donation by the Broemmelsiek family whose desire was to save their precious land from subdivision development and preserve the natural beauty of St. Charles County.  The park was then named for Jack and Betty Broemmelsiek who lived on the property for more than 30 years and were committed to promoting conservation activities.  The home where they lived on the farm has been converted into the visitor center.  The lake below the visitor center is called Betty's lake in honor of Betty Broemmelsiek.  

fountain in lake at Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

Park Features

This 494-acre park located at 1795 Hwy DD in Defiance Missouri has many wonderful features for the nature lover.
  • Several large lakes for fishing.
  • 9 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use.
  • A 4.7 off-leash dog park that has been voted "Best Dog Park" in the region.  It features a large pond for the dogs to swim.
  • An astronomy viewing area that is the first of its kind in the area.  Weather permitting it features Friday night public stargazing events.
  • A 4-acre Historic Educational Agriculture area that features crops that are grown in the area.
  • A visitor center that has a meeting room, outdoor patio and deck that are available to rent for meetings or special events.

Photography at the Park

Below are several photos I took has I walked around Betty's Lake.
tree in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

pink flower in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

flowers in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

red wing blackbird in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

lake in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

flower in Missouri-Broemmelsiek Park, photo taken by mbgphoto

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  1. What an interesting bit of history about Broemmelsiek Park. And what generous people the Broemmelsiek family was to donate land for this conservation area. Thanks to your beautiful photographs, Mary Beth, I got to have a virtual tour of this lovely park along with you.

  2. This is truly awesome! What a wonderful and generous donation from the Broemmelsieks. It is wonderful that this land was converted to a park for all to enjoy and not "developed". Your photos make me desire a walk around the lake to experience Broemmelsieks Park in person.

  3. What a gorgeous park and how wonderful that the Broemmelsieks chose to donate their land and ensure the preservation of its natural beauty for future generations to enjoy! Your photos are a joy to look at, as always.

  4. Another great destination. I love your focus on great places to photograph.

  5. Looks like a great place to go for a whole bunch of different reasons. Very pretty scenery for sure and I bet many a photographer loves this place. Putting it on my map for a future adventure!

  6. I've learned a great deal about Missouri from your excellent posts filled with suggestions and information. I have friends of family who live in the State as well, so between the two of you, I'm getting a good education. The park is beautiful. Love your photos.

  7. It sounds like a wonderful park. Mary Beth, I love when you take us on a tour. Your photos always capture the area beautifully.

  8. Broemmelsiek Park looks gorgeous and an amazing place for any nature photographer to visit. It really is very beautiful. I love the many excellent features that it offers and that there is even a dog park with a dog friendly pond! Your photos are beautiful :)


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