Parks & Recreation

We encourage reservation of the shelter houses at Martin and Mississippi parks for your special gathering or event.  A copy of the Park Reservation Form is available by clicking here.  Please contact City Hall at or 573-288-4413 if you have questions.

Levee Walk

scenic-lookout  levee-walk


Park at Brose & Wyaconda Ave.

Canton’s newest park is located southeast of the Centerstone Inn and the junction of Brose & Wyaconda Avenues. It features a gravel trail just short of 1/3 mile. New trees and benches are recent additions.


Central Park

Central Park is located at 5th & Lewis Streets in the downtown business district. It has picnic tables and playground equipment. The community time capsule, buried during the 1976 Bicentennial, is located in Central Park, along with a replica of the Liberty Bell.

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Martin Park

Martin Park is located at 4th & Green Streets, south of the main business district. It encompasses a complete city block. Martin Park has two shelter houses, BBQ facilities, restrooms and playground equipment. The park is home to several historical markers and the historic Lincoln School, located in the NE corner of the park.


Cotton Bowl Park


Cotton Bowl Park is located at 11th & Hampton Lane. Cotton Bowl Park is home to summer baseball and softball leagues that play on the fields located there. There is also a concession stand area with basketball courts available. It is the home field for Canton RV teams.





Mississippi Park

Mississippi Park is located on the Canton Riverfront. Camping is also available here along the riverfront. Click here for more details on Mississippi Park.

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Observation Platform at lock and Dam

Mississippi Lock and Dam #20 opened in 1935. Fully operational the facility was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It allows visitors a closer view of the barges and boats as they pass by.




Other Recreational Facilities


WET – Wetlands Education Trail

501 S. 2nd Street.
Our Wetlands ponding area is now skirted by a gravel trail that includes three bridges. Great for a nature walk or mountain bike ride for an up close and personal view of some of our local birds.


Sun & Surf Swim Club

private membership swimming facility.
For more information, call 573-288-5979 (June – August)