River Hills Traveler

Floating wetland will provide habitat & water quality benefits for urban reservoir

Small man-made islands are improving water quality and habitats at Fellows Lake and other municipal water bodies in and around Springfield, Mo. On Monday, July 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in cooperation with City Utilities of Springfield (CU), launched its latest floating wetland on the north shore of Fellows Lake.  This isn’t the…

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Iconic, historic paintings on display in celebration of Smokey Bear’s 80th birthday

Nineteen art reproductions of paintings by Rudolph (Rudy) Wendelin, courtesy of Mark Twain National Forest, will be displayed this summer at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center (the Center) in Salem.  The Wendelin exhibit will showcase the historic artist’s iconic Smokey Bear campaign imagery that he created during his decades of service to the…

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Trout fishing continues at state park, despite construction at hatchery

Construction and fishing have proven to be compatible this summer at Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon. The construction-related signs and the sounds of heavy machinery at Bennett Spring are definite indicators that the multi-year renovation of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fish hatchery at this popular state park are underway.  However, there are…

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Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs’ main tourist attraction was “taking the spring waters” which were thought to have medicinal value.  Luxury accommodations were available and attracted upscale tourists to “The City that Water Built” in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  There was a Eureka Springs Gun Club and although local boosters didn’t promote hunting and fishing,…

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