Roaring River: Legends, history & natural wonder

Summertime brings a complimentary mix of heat, humidity and the splash of cool, flowing river waters as folks get off the beaten path near Cassville, Missouri, in the heart of Barry County: one of southwest Missouri’s crowning jewels. While some might enjoy the instant retreat offered by the rippling river and the shade of the…

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Use Held’s Island Access to get on the Gasconade

The Gasconade River begins its 280-mile journey in the Missouri Ozarks near Hartville to where it unites with the Missouri River near the appropriately-named town of Gasconade.  Floaters, fishermen, stargazers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life enjoy it year-round.  While there are many ways to access this river, I have always…

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MTNF readying recreation area for the Potosi-Fredericktown district

Forest Service recreation managers have been working hard to get all the recreation areas cleaned up and ready for use on the Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District.  Silver Mines, Marble Creek, Hazel Creek, Berryman, Brazil Creek, and Wild Boar Ridge Campground at Council Bluff are open for business. Picnic tables awaiting to be installed at new camping…

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Visitors to Mark Twain National Forest have a lot to celebrate!

August fourth marked the second anniversary of the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). In that time, the USDA Forest Service has selected more than 880 Legacy Restoration Fund projects across the nation aimed at reducing deferred maintenance, strengthening rural infrastructure, and enhancing access to public lands. Mark Twain National Forest has received…

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