Whistle Creek Farm Market & Livestock Preserve



We invite you and your animal(s) to enjoy some midwestern rural hospitality
on our family’s working, historic, 172 year-old KARNS FARM on the edge of St. Joseph.


                (Primitive Camping  = Bring generators and your 4-legged family members!)

Campsites are nearly level in the hay pasture, next to Whistle Creek in the beautiful Platte River Valley. Size: about 40’ x 40’ for RV or camping trailer,animal pen and 1 vehicle (site limit), perhaps more if your RV is pulling a vehicle.

Reservations required. Camp check-in: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM beginning Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. On Monday, August 21, check-in will be from 8:00 - 11:00.  (Reminder: Eclipse here begins at 11:40.) Suggested donation: $40 per day.  Overnight: additional $10.00.  Best camp spaces, near trees, may be reserved for an additional $10 donation on a first-called, first-reserved basis. Call between 10 A.M. - 6 P.M., 816-232-6141 or 816-233-0079. Sorry, no electric or water hookups; no restrooms for tenters. Please register and make your donation for the length of your stay as you first enter the farm, cash only please.

ALL DONATIONS for parking and camping will provide a better life for the Preserve animals.

Camp check out: Check out as you leave the farm by returning your number to the registration shack. Camp closes on Tuesday, by 6:00 PM.

Easy to find, Whistle Creek Livestock Preserve address is 8006 SE Saxton-Easton Road, St. Joseph, 64507. We are just 5 minutes/5 miles east of I-29, Industrial Park (Stetson Outlet, Fed-X), and 5 miles south of State Highway 36.

FROM I-29: Take Exit 44, Hwy.169 South toward Gower to first stoplight next to Interstate ramps and go north on Leonard Rd, away from the Love’s Truck Stop, toward Industrial Park. Cross RR track, turn right (east) onto Saxton-Easton Road. Following RR track, pass by Fed-X and Herzog’s. In Platte River bottom, road makes 90 degree turn south, away from RR track. Go half mile, road turns east again. Our driveway is on 2nd 90 degree turn, across from silver shed. If you cross the Platte River, you’ve gone too far.

FROM Hwy 36: Turn south on Rte C, up the hill from Tipple Hill Winery and across from Horizon John Deere dealership. Follow blacktop until it ends at Saxton-Easton Rd. and turn right (east). Cross Platte River, go half a mile further to 90 degree turn right (north). Driveway starts at the landscaped corner, across from a silver shed. If you turn another corner, drive by “Herzog” train cars, you’ve gone too far.


  • A generator for  your RV, Camping Trailer or Living Quarters Horse Trailer.
  • Your “family” - horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, oxen, wagons, dogs, etc. and a shade tent. (Equine, bovine, buggy or wagon traffic is encouraged!)
  • Portable pen/leash for dogs or livestock (critters must be under control at all times).
  • Food for you and your animals (Restaurants expect to be crowded, grocers’ supplies low. We have grass hay and straw for sale. TSC and UPCO 6 miles.)
  • Water for your RV needs (Animals: we will provide.)
  • If bringing animals, please bring current health papers and/or tags.

Bring whatever you find necessary to enjoy your stay: eclipse glasses, generator & gasoline, battery operated fans, flash lights, lawn chairs, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, propane camp stove or portable fireplace, beverages, coolers, ice, garbage bags, a table, musical instruments and other items in order to have a wonderful and memorable time! Note: Sorry, no restrooms or shower houses are available (yet).

Being around animals, having a good time and staying safe are important, but remember that you are camping at your own risk. Whistle Creek Farm Market and Livestock Preserve are not responsible for any accidents, fatalities, loss of personal property or injury to you or your animals. In the event that you or your animals are not behaving in a courteous or safe manner, we may ask you to leave. (But let’s hope that doesn’t have to happen!)


  1. Please be considerate of other campers, their animals, our animals and the land. 
  2. Please pick up your animals’ poo! There will be designated places to put/pile it. 
  3. No fires, unless in a portable fireplace. A bucket of water is required to be placed beside it. Propane grills or cookstoves are allowed. (Excessive dryness may supersede outdoor fires.)
  4. Observe camp quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  5. No more than 4 persons and one vehicle per campsite, unless your RV is pulling a car.
  6. Absolutely no weapons and no drugs allowed on property.
  7. You will be given two duplicate numbers upon check-in. Place one of your registration numbers in the window of your RV or camper, and the other one in your truck in a visible location so we can allow your re-entry should you leave and want to return.
  8. Hay, straw, firewood and farm fresh veggies may be available for purchase.
  9. Place all trash and garbage inside provided trash receptacles. We do recycle.
  10. Campers understand that you are staying at the farm at your own risk and are required to sign a release form upon check-in.
  11. No ATV’s please. 


When your best friend is a horse … or mule … or dog … or donkey, cow, cat, steer, goat, sheep, pig, alpaca, etc., you might want to share this “once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse” with them, so load em up and bring ‘em! Other people who like animals and/or camping with animals will be here, too.  Music may be provided, if we can find any of our musician friends available to join us and “strum some sweet sounds”. If you play an instrument, bring it and join in!

There may be artwork, crafts, food or drink for sale (if you are a vendor, ask for info). 

For questions, email, or call Cindy (a.k.a. “Lulu”) or Jim at 816-232-6141 or 816-233-0079.

Where to get solar eclipse glasses in advance:
To locate pricing information and to order solar eclipse glasses please contact the St. Joseph Convention and Visitor's Bureau at, or by calling toll free 1-800-785-0360 or 816-232-1839 (local calls only).



Our no-kill Livestock Preserve began as a simple collection of the 6 major dairy breeds in the U.S., but we kept getting questions from friends as to why cows were in the pasture when they knew we didn't milk them anymore, nor sell them for beef. Being interested in the Oregon, California, Pony Express, Mormon Pioneer and other National Historic Trails in St. Joseph, we began learning about their history. Americans may have learned about the pilgrims and immigrant settlers coming to America in elementary or high school, but few, if any, have had the opportunity to learn about the animals that came with them. Yet it was these wonderful farm animals who provided the power to build America!

 So we set out to amend that injustice by obtaining a not-for-profit status from the IRS to give unwanted, neglected and physically-challenged farm animals a home. During this process, people started giving us and/or directing us to other farm animals that needed someone to care for them - a beautiful, registered, but foundered, 5 year-old Missouri Fox Trotter, 4 stray pot-bellied pigs, a sweet team of two starving mules whose owner had died, an orphaned calf, etc.  While collecting many different breeds and gathering eye-opening information (in spite of having/showing/milking registered Holsteins for over 50 years, along with growing up with dogs, horses, pigs, beef cattle, cats, chickens, etc.), we realized that most Americans don’t really know much about livestock, especially cattle, even though the majority of us depend upon them everyday of our lives! That fact alone makes them extremely important to humans!

 Now, 7 years after acquiring the “charity” status from the IRS, our mission has morphed into not only being a farm animal sanctuary, but also being an educational, outdoor “Living Livestock Museum.”  Through interpretive tour discussions, “Pioneer Wagon Camp” experiences and programs, art/music/film/folk art classes, farm produce growing/processing/“farm to table” classes, and more, we enrich people's lives about the monumental dependence of humans’ lives on livestock and all types of agriculture

 At Whistle Creek, people learn such things as the following:  the animals’ nationalities and match them up with their own ancestors, St. Joseph’s extraordinary international role in American history, largely due to “The Great Westward Migration,” the importance of our National Historic Trails, the impact of the Westward Migration on area farmers, the animals’ willing and inspiring service to humanity in all kinds of situations throughout eons of time.

Animals and agriculture are blended here with on-site educational classes in history, fine arts, food and fun in an effort to  “Connect and Reconnect Americans with Agriculture.”  Intended results include encouraging and awakening the need for Americans to take an interest in, understand, learn about and appreciate agriculture. We also hope the farm experience here may spark ag-related career interests, improve consumers’ knowledge for their family’s healthier eating, inspire people to participate more often in outdoor activities for a healthier and happier lifestyle, or simply, to encourage people to respect and to be kind to animals. We highly regard and celebrate the loyalty of farm animals and the human/animal bond.

“Every person in America, in one way or another, comes in contact with agriculture every day of their lives …. whether or not they choose to think about it.”


Pasture Parking for the Eclipse!