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State Parks taking advance reservations for eclipse parks

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This is from a Missouri State Park news release:


Advance Registration is closed. Please check with your local park for openings after February 21.


I will be travelling from St Loius to St Clair on the day of the eclipse. Will there be a designated place to watch? I would be grateful for any information.


Joanne Burke

Dear Joanne,
At this time the plans are for viewing stations around Main Street, Orchard or Evergreen Park, the VFW Hall (on I-44 North outer road) and possibly the old airport or the Plaza. Those are nebulous plans at this time, though Main Street, one of the parks and the VFW are pretty certain. The school is currently off limits and they will be on closed campus last I heard. We have an eclipse meeting Thursday night. I may know more then. We will post for sure when we have things firmed up.

We are coming over from the UK for the eclipse, stopping in St Louis. We’re thinking of hiring a car to get to St Clair. What will the parking facilities be like? Where will be the best place to view the eclipse from?

Thank you

Kind regards

Heather Pearson

Dear Heather,
On Monday St. Clair will have viewing stations set up on Main Street, at Orchard or Evergreen Park, the VFW Hall on the north outer road of I-44)
and possibly St Clair Plaza or the old airport. We will have shuttles running on that day from viewing stations to the commercial parts of town with restaurants, and stores. Closer to the date we will be publishing a detailed city map here, with designated parking, viewing stations and shuttle stops.
St. Clair is a small town of 7000 people, and you are never very far away from anything. The entire town is under the eclipse, and each viewing station will have volunteers on site to help with any questions. Email for the event is The viewing at the VFW Hall is the farthest from downtown, and that listed as Main Street is right in the center with a number of restaurants within easy walking distance. We’re glad you chose St. Clair to “Get your Eclipse on Route 66!”

At this time (May 2017) are reservations needed to view the eclipse from viewing stations?

Dear Mr. Cheng,
Reservations are not needed to view from the viewing stations. The eclipse will obviously be visible from wherever you are in St. Clair. The advantage of the viewing station are threemfold: 1) We will have trained people at the stations to help by answering questions about the eclipses, viewing safety and the area. These people will also be to contact medical or crowd control professionals if needed; 2) Vendors and/or the local handy business will provide creature comforts; 3) there will be toilet facilities onsite. The stations also provide handy meet up places in public for families or groups.

So many people traveling to St.Clair for ground zero what happens if the ambassadors become overwhelmed and parking will become Limited. I’m looking forward to a historic event in an historic City on an historic Road. This will be very exciting for me and my grandchildren.

Dear Mr. Miller,

What will happen? We (Solar Ambassadors) will handle it with patience and good humor, and advise our visitors to do the same. This is an event, especially Monday, for which we cannot accurately plan; as you probably know, the last total eclipse in Missouri was 1869, and the last one over St. Clair was 1442. In the next few weeks we will have more information about parking up on the website. If you want to be right where the midline crosses old 66 the VFW viewing station (the old Skylark Motel) is for you– just be aware there will be plenty of other 66ers out there!
Be sure to arrive early and plan a leisurely departure; no one has any idea what traffic will be like on I-44 except that it will be unusually heavy.
Thanks for planning to visit St. Clair!
Jo Schaper

I am going to fly up to St. Louis and then drive down on Monday, August 21. What is expected drive time from St. Louis? It looks like one hour under normal circumstances.

Hi Bill. We are advising anyone driving out from St. Louis to get to I-270 and then proceed west on Missouri Hwy. 30, aka Gravois Road, to St. Clair. We have no idea on estimated drive times. We do recommend planning to arrive at 9 a.m. (leaving before St. Louis rush hour) and figuring there will be delays. Hwy 30 goes to and ends at St. Clair, whereas I-44 is the main route to a number of destinations and will be more crowded.

Do you have a map showing the designated viewing areas, shuttle bus routes and parking areas.
I have several relatives arriving from out of state and I’d like to be prepared for their visit.
Also will I be able to set up a camera and tripod at the viewing areas?


Partly. The viewing station map is under Event Map. We have no shuttles planned, since the city has no centralized parking lot and the viewing stations are dispersed. Reservable parking opportunities are on the Parking page. We are getting two or three new private parking areas given to us daily; at this point it is all I (webmaster) can do to keep up with the parking offerings. There will be parking available at or near all the viewing stations. Since you will be able to see the event from anywhere in the St. Clair area, dispersed parking will be permitted along roads and streets, also, as long as no roads, fire hydrants, fire lanes, driveways or sidewalks are blocked. We have no idea how many people will show up. Please respect NO Trespassing signs and the fact that the city is mostly private property. If you are interested in comparing viewing stations, I suggest looking at the satellite and street views of Google Map, and deciding on a location for your family to meet in advance.

You will be permitted to set up a camera and tripod, but I would advise doing so at one of the parks, churches, or outlying parking or viewing venues.

I’m interested in driving out from St. Louis on 8/21.
How early should we arrive?
Thinking about perhaps 9 am.
Let me know about parking, etc.
I realize you don’t have precise info now.

Dear Barry,
We have no idea about traffic. If you are familiar with St. Louis, driving out Gravois Road (Hwy. 30) from 1-270 might be advantageous over using I-44. Hwy. 30 dead ends at St. Clair. Your idea about being on site by 9 a.m. is a good one. I would leave early, before rush hour though you will be going against most traffic. Please look at the Eclipse Lodging and Eclipse Parking sub-pages here for reservable parking spaces. Available lodging is all camping that I know of. Most of the parking is either at a good observation place or near one one the viewing stations. Some, but not all viewing stations have parking. Food will be close to all viewing stations, and all restaurants will be open Monday. There will be an Eclipse Store at 75 N. Main for official Get Your Eclipse Shirts and memorabilia. Open from August 14 to the 21st. Search around on the website and come back periodically: I am updating it daily as information becomes available. And welcome to St. Clair! — Jo Schaper

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