River Hills Traveler

Contract approval moves Bennett Spring Hatchery renovation into construction phase

On Friday, May 19, the Missouri Conservation Commission showed it is committed to the future of trout fishing in the Show-Me State. By unanimous vote, the Commission approved Cahills Construction Inc., of Rolla, to be the contractor for a multi-year renovation of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bennett Spring Hatchery.  The hatchery supplies the…

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Historical Society collecting items for Route 66 Centennial

COLUMBIA – U.S. Highway 66, fondly called “Route 66” or “The Mother Road,” will celebrate its centennial in 2026.  To prepare for the iconic road’s 100th anniversary, the State Historical Society of Missouri is launching a Route 66 collecting initiative focused on preserving the road’s history within the state.  Examples of items the Society seeks to collect…

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Backpack camping

Backpack camping is a great way to disconnect from the day-to-day and reconnect with nature.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) allows walk-in camping on over 100 conservation areas around the state.  Here are six places to go backpacking in central and northeast Missouri. The following conservation area sites offer hiking trails and beautiful scenery…

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Visitor center moving to Big Spring entrance station 

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways visitor information center previously located in the lobby of the park headquarters building in Van Buren has moved to the newly reopened historic entrance station at Big Spring.   Last year, renovations were completed on the Big Spring entrance station. The original Missouri State Parks once used this historic building, continuing…

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MDC confirms first zoo-raised hellbender successfully reproducing in the wild

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has reported a significant milestone in population recovery efforts of the endangered Ozark hellbender.  A zoo-raised hellbender has successfully reproduced within the Current River. “We are very excited to announce this news,” said Missouri State Herpetologist Jeff Briggler. “This is the first documented event of a zoo-raised animal fathering…

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