ROLLA, Mo. (May 23, 2017) – Between April 28 and May 4, 2017,  Rivers and streams rose to historic flood levels, damaging and destroying roads, bridges, trails, dams and structures.

Mark Twain National Forest

Most of the 1.5-million-acre Mark Twain National Forest lies in southern and south-central Missouri where the greatest amounts of rain were recorded.  This closed several recreation areas across the Forest; however, thanks to a concerted effort by state and federal agencies, many recreation sites across Missouri will be open for visitors this Memorial Day weekend. Thirty-four of the 43 damaged sites will be re-opened by this Memorial Day weekend. An attached map shows the location of heavily-damaged recreation sites across the Forest. Also attached are maps showing heavily-damaged sites on the Current and Eleven Point Wild & Scenic River (WSR).

A Type 2 National Incident Management Team (IMT) was brought in to manage in recovery efforts.  Over 150 personnel were assigned at the height of the incident.  Over the past three weeks, Mark Twain National Forest worked to address flooding impacts.  Forest Supervisor Sherri Schwenke stated, “I want to thank the public for their patience and understanding during this time of flood recovery.  I know for a number of recreation sites, we have begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel; and many are now back in service.”

Recovery continues under a Type 3 Forest IMT. Crews have used chainsaws to cut out large debris, contractors have hauled off tons of flood-deposited material, and significant repair-work has taken place.  These efforts have led to many forest campgrounds and other recreation sites getting to a point that they can be re-opened for the holiday weekend; however, several sites received significant damage and will remain closed indefinitely.

Mark Twain National Forest RECREATION SITE STATUS as of May 23:

Table 1- Recreational Sites Impacted that are Closed, by District Office

Unit Name Status/Additional Info
Ava/Cassville/Willow Spring (North Fork River) North Fork CLOSED
Eleven Point (Eleven Point Wild & Scenic River – WSR) Thomasville CLOSED
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Turner Mill South CLOSED
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Cane Bluff CLOSED
Eleven Point (Current River) Watercress CLOSED
Eleven Point (Current River) Float CampCampground CLOSED. Final decision as to whether or not to open 5/25/17
Eleven Point (Current River) Bay Nothing CLOSED
Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Stone Mill Spring CLOSED

 

Table 2- Recreational Sites Impacted that are OPEN, by District Office

Unit Name Status/Additional Info
Ava/Cassville/Willow Spring Chadwick Motorcycle/ATV Use Area OPEN/ All trails to the south of the 101 Trail are CLOSED
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) 142 Access OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Barn Hollow Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Boze Mill Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Float Camp Day Use Area Day Use Area OPEN only.
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Greenbriar Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Greer Crossing Campground OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Horseshoe Bend Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) McDowell Access OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Barn Hollow Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Morgan Spring Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Riverton East OPEN 5/26/17
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Riverton West OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Stinking Pond Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Turner Mill North River Access OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Whites Creek Float Camp OPEN
Eleven Point (Eleven Point WSR) Whitten River Access OPEN
Eleven Point (Current River) Deer Leap OPEN
Eleven Point Fourche Lake OPEN
Eleven Point McCormack Lake OPEN
Eleven Point Ripley Lake OPEN
Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Lane Springs OPEN
Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Patty Creek OPEN
Poplar Bluff (Black River) Markham Springs Recreation Area OPEN
Poplar Bluff (Black River) Hendrickson Boat Launch OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown Crane Lake OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown Audubon Trail OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown Marble Creek OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown Silver Mines OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown Bell Mountain Wilderness OPEN
Potosi/Fredericktown(Huzzah Creek) Red Bluff OPEN on 5/26/17, subject to addressing safety concerns.
Salem Council Bluff OPEN
Salem Sutton Bluff Motorcycle/ATV Use Area OPEN/ Trails 1, 2, 3, 10 and 13 are OPEN, all other trails at the use area remain CLOSED. These include trails 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, and 14 east of the 13/14 junction

 

For updates or more information on recreation elsewhere on Mark Twain National Forest, please check the Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf, call 574-364-4621, or contact your local ranger district office.