Rothwell Park is located on the west side of Moberly.
The park is made up of 465 acres of forest, water, and maintained recreational areas.
The Park is open to the public daily from 5:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Rothwell Park – one of the largest municipal parks in the state – is truly a gem and a recreational destination. Few cities the size of Moberly – or even those larger – have anything comparable with the vast acreage and amenities. Located on the west side of Moberly, Rothwell Park is easily accessible from Highway 24, Holman Road, or Fisk Avenue. Rothwell Park has numerous amenities noted below.
The Howard Hils Athletic Complex is located at 2002 West HWY 24. The HHAC contains approximately 80 acres of ball fields including 8 softball/baseball fields, and 3 football/soccer fields. Other amenities include the Concession Building, Playground, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and batting cages. Click here for more information.
Approximately 30 acres in size, beautiful Rothwell Lake offers boating and fishing opportunities for the whole family. In addition to some great fishing spots around the lake, there is a boat launch to put in your own fishing boat. We also offer paddleboat rentals, so you can enjoy a leisurely tour around the lake. Rothwell Lake also features a wheelchair-accessible fishing dock for you to enjoy. Whether you have come to fish, paddle around, watch the geese and ducks, or just enjoy the scenery, Rothwell Lake is the perfect destination!
Paddleboat Rental: $5.00 an hour / first-come basis / call a Park Ranger at (660) 998-0143. The Ranger reserves the right to refuse a rental for public safety or weather reasons.
Check out the Lake Guidelines.
Water Works Lake
Originally the City of Moberly’s water supply (hence the name), the 20-acre Water Works Lake offers recreational opportunities today. A favorite of fisherman and bird-watchers alike, Water Works Lake is surrounded by scenic forest. Water Works Lake features a fishing dock and a boat launch so you can either paddle around in leisure or try to bring in “the big one.”
Check out the Lake Guidelines.
The Dog Park at Rothwell Park opened August 2011 and has proven to be a popular park amenity. It includes two separate sections, one for smaller and less social dogs and the other for larger and more social dogs. The park includes picnic tables, benches, water hydrants for watering/cleaning your dog, a double gated entry area where the owner can unleash their dog before entering the dog park, and a bathroom facility for dog owners. Please note the rules posted at the park and show courtesy toward other dog park users.
Located on the east side of Rothwell Park on the shores of Rothwell Lake near the Lake Pavilion, the Candy Cane City playground is every kid’s dream come true. In 2008 the old Candy Cane City playground was replaced by the equipment you see today. In addition to the towering 2-story Skybuilder main structure, Candy Cane City also features:
- ADA Accessible play areas
- Swing Set
- Picnic Shelter
- Dragonfly Teeter-totter
- Ladybug Rider
- Park Benches
- Toddler Playground
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors by testing your skills on Rothwell Park’s two 18 hole Disk Golf! Scorecards with course maps can be picked up in Rothwell Park or at the Parks and Recreation office!
The Thompson Campground sits within the nearly 500 acre Rothwell Park and was named in honor of Lionel Thompson, former Mayor of Moberly. He was an avid camper, and enjoyed the natural beauty and quiet surroundings of Rothwell Park.
The Thompson Campground offers 24 full hook-up RV spaces and a shower/restroom facility. Each space has a concrete pad, electricity, water, and sewer connections. Find more information on Ranger hours, rules, a map, fees, and amenities here!
Rothwell Park is home to a war memorial area recognizing the nation’s wars. Prominently featured at the war memorial site is a statue of General Omar N. Bradley, a Moberly area native who rose to hold some of the highest service positions including 5-star General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The war memorial area is a must-see for anyone visiting Moberly.
The West 43 Wilderness Area is over 43 acres of undeveloped land. The West 43 adjoins existing park property around Water Works Lake, and is located immediately west of Rothwell Park and immediately south of the Howard Hils Athletic Complex and west of Water Works Lake. With a unique mix of prairie grasses, forest, and wetlands, the wilderness area located at 1708 County Road 2245 has primitive trails for recreational enthusiasts of all stripes from horse riders and mountain bikers to hikers and bird watchers. Hours of operation are from 7:00 am to sunset and rules are posted at the site. If the gate is closed during these hours, contact the Park Ranger at 660-998-0143 for assistance.
Directions from Highway 24: Immediately west of the Athletic Complex, travel south on the gravel County Road 2245. Follow the gravel road to the second bend. The gated entrance to the West 43 Wilderness Area is on the north side of the road.
Directions from Fisk Avenue: Follow Fisk Avenue west out of Moberly. After the road turns to gravel, take the first gravel road north (County Road 2245). The gated entrance to the West 43 Wilderness Area is at the next bend.
- Agricultural and Rodeo Area
- Archery Range
- 3 Miles of Asphalt Walking Trails
- Horseshoe pit
- 3 Practice Ballfields
- 2 Tennis Courts
- 3 Tennis/Pickleball Courts (See Rules)
- 4 Basketball Courts (2 full, 2 half)
- 5 Playgrounds
- Potawatomi ‘Trail of Death’ Historical Marker