McCubbins Point: A lesser-known backwoods trek at the lake

VICKI WOOD
An interactive park map can be found online at www.mostateparks.com.

Down a few miles of blacktop, off of State Highway A, lies a lesser known piece of Lake of the Ozarks. Living in the area for 30 years, this was the first trek made down to the charming, backwoods primitive camp and boat launch. A favorite of kayakers, the state park slopes gently down to the lakeshore, providing for easy launch, with a handy wooden dock next to the normal sized boat ramp. On a hot, midweek noonday, families were frolicking in the cool waters that snuggle up under shade trees lining the shoreline.

With only about a dozen primitive campsites, things are quieter here, as well as shady. Most folks tent camp, but a few parked RVS. A state maintained restroom is on site, for toileting only.

Camping here is on an honesty box system, and only costs $7.00 per night. The view alone of the lake between the main channel and the Grand Glaize arm is worth the price of the stay, with undeveloped forest covered hillsides, and rock overhangs. The kayakers have designated McCubbins Point with a 3.7 mile kayak trail that snakes the shoreline pattern with a beginning and returning at the kayak launch dock. The path can be found online at www.alltrails.com

McCubbins Point is technically a cape in Camden County, located near Linn Creek. It’s a place that the locals in the neighborhood know well, but the rest of us might not be so used to visiting, being on a lesser known portion of the lake.

The waterway is so secluded that the army has a recreation area known as LORA for their military families on the same backroad. The lake itself stretches off of the 7.5 mile marker into the large cove/cape area.

A 12 mile biking/hiking trail sits with the trailhead near the blacktop on McCubbins Road, The Honey Run, that twists and turns throughout the Linn Creek end of the state park, and gains an elevation of 869 feet.

With streams and low water bridges, the trail makes for stunning scenery throughout the wooded trek.

When all the craziness of COVID-19 passes, there are the Ozark Caverns, located five miles before McCubbins Point, just off of the blacktop. It is presently closed to COVID restrictions. It is traditionally open May-September and boasts one of the few caves with “Angel Showers” a continuous ceiling shower.

On one's way out of the park, there is a lovely, old schoolhouse that sits abandoned, but recently maintained alongside McCubbins Road for a good photo opportunity. The school as reported last functioned in 1931. Not much else is known about the history of Passover Schoolhouse.