With 644 acres, the city's largest park, Binder Park, is located off Rainbow Dr. and Henwick Lane, 5840 Rainbow Dr., west of Jefferson City. When combined with the adjacent 66-acre Joseph C. Miller Park, a huge, beautiful, and largely natural park emerges and provides for a wide variety of activities.
Binder Park is named after Fred C., Fred H., and Frederick Binder. Fred C. Binder established a trust fund in 1918 to build a park as a memorial to his father, himself, and his son. Property was purchased from 11 owners in 1965 and 1966 and the Department of Conservation began construction of a 155 acre fishing lake.
In addition to the beautiful lake, Binder Park has a nice handicap-fishing pier and a boat ramp built and maintained by the Department of Conservation. It also houses the lighted softball fields Wisch, Williams, and Kremer. Numerous picnic sites exist throughout the park as well as many walking trails and bike trails. Two sand volleyball courts, an 18-site full hook-up RV campground with laundry and shower-house, a playground, and a covered deck/picnic shelter overlooking the lake is also located on site. The deck rents as a shelter and can accommodate groups of up to 75 people.
Scott and Byrd Softball Fields and the Radio Control Flying Field are located in Joseph Miller Park located adjacent to the south-east conrner of Binder Park.
FISHING AT BINDER LAKE
Binder Lake is just minutes west of Jefferson City and offers 155 acres of excellent fishing and scenic surroundings. Both boat and bank fishing are permitted. Large mouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, red-ear sunfish and crappie are the most plentiful species with fishing permitted year-round.
Only poles and rods with attached lines are permissable. Boats and outboard motors of all sizes are permitted on Binder Lake, however, those motors over 10 h.p. must be operated at no-wake speed. All Missouri Department of Conservation rules and limits pertaining to fishing apply on Binder Lake.
With picnic table seating for 100 and a large bar-b-que pit, Binder Pavilion is a perfect location for a small party or activity. The pavilion is located in the south end of the park next to the RV Campground and Ballfield Complex.
BINDER LAKE DECK
A beautiful place for a small party or picnic for up to 75 people. Binder Deck is located right on the lake.
BINDER SOFTBALL COMPLEX
All three fields are 300 feet in distance with outfield and infield dust control irrigation. The fields are totally enclosed with chainlink fencing, large player bench / dugouts and new field lighting for improved safety and playability.
Other improvements to the site include parking lot entrance drives, curb and gutter, and storm water drainage structures. Easier access between the fields has been made possible by wide concrete trails. Large warm up areas have been sodded between the fields and trees planted for future shade.
Leagues offered Spring, Summer and Fall.
Binder Softball Complex is available to rent for your next tournament or special outing. Call 634-6482 for rental rates and availability.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Binder Park is also the home to 12.75 miles of mountain bike trails maintained by the Ozark Region Trail Association (ORTA). Starting at the trailhead near the tackle shop, the trails runs along the west side of the park from north to south and then across to the east side of Binder Lake. The stacked loop trail system is broken into four loops
(Green, Blue, Red and Yellow) that increase in difficulty as they go south from the tackle shop.
Help take care of the Binder Park trail system and please do not ride in wet conditions.
The Department of Parks and Recreation operates an RV Campground located just west of Jefferson City in Binder Park. The campground is open year-round and is on Rainbow Drive just south of the park's pavilion and has 17 RV campsites with full water, sewer, and electrical hookups. They also feature bar-b-que grills, covered picnic tables, campfire rings, and a laundry and shower house.
Camping fees are $15/day (all sites having full-hookup capabilities). Reservations can be made up to a year in advance by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (573) 634-6482. Each site is sewer/electric accessible. Water access is located at approximately every other site. Campers need to bring their own Y attachment and hose.