The Turner Katy Trail Shelter is a large, two-story structure on the NW corner of Front and Wheeler Streets in Tebbetts, MO that is available for use by Katy Trail hikers and bicyclists. Special consideration is given to youth groups such as YMCA clubs, Scouts, church groups, etc. When not reserved by a group the Shelter is available to individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis until full. It has never filled. The Shelter is owned and operated by the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust, a 501-C-3 organization established by the Conservation Federation. Tebbetts is a small town located on the Katy Trail approximately 12 miles east of Jefferson City on Highway 94.
The Shelter has bunk beds on two levels (It will sleep up to 40); groups must provide their own bedding or sleeping bags, towels and toiletries. Most bunks have adjoining clothes cabinets. Other amenities include a large table inside (and three outside), propane heat, window air conditioners, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, bike rack, ping-pong tables. The upstairs includes a panorama wall display of natural history education posters. The Foundation has added toilets, hot showers and lavatories and a bicycle repair room for users.
There are bicycles available for use – free, for groups staying at the Shelter. These are maintained by volunteers. Please clean-up and replace bikes as you found them. If there is a problem with any bicycle, attach a note detailing the problem so our volunteers can repair it.
Key and Trash
This is an unmanned shelter. Unless other arrangements are made, the building will be locked. The key is located on a utility pole on the east side of the building – it’s easy to find. Please replace the key. It creates problems if you forget. If lost, call us immediately. We now have trash pick-up on Thursday of each week. There is a large blue container in front of the building. Please put your trash in it before you leave.
The fee is $5 per individual per day, or, for groups, $20 plus $1 for each member of the group, whichever is lesser. These fees help offset utilities, insurance and other costs to keep the Shelter open for Katy Trail users. Please make checks payable to the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust and mail with your reservation request to the Foundation at 728 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Supervised youth groups are given priority on reservations made at least 30 days in advance. Please include the following information: Requested nights of stay – month, days, year; name of organization, how many in group – boys, girls, age range, and the adult supervisor/contact with address, phone numbers and e-mail if applicable.
“I agree too indemnify and hold harmless the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust and its associates from any and all liability for claims, demands, and actions from any and all activities associated with member’s of my groups stay at the Turner Katy Trail Shelter, or for any robbery, assault, rape or other injury, at or en route to or from the Shelter”
Signature of adult supervisor: ___________________________________________
To check on availability, call 1-800-575-2322, during business hours, Monday through Friday. On weekends or after hours, call 573-496-3986.