Rehab plans being made for Red Bluff Recreation Area

From staff reports

Forest Service managers are making plans to address flooding issues at Red Bluff Recreation Area, a Mark Twain National Forest signature site near Davisville, in Crawford County, Mo.  

Feedback is being sought from the public about what opportunities or improvements are desired. Information received will be considered during completion of the recreation site rehabilitation plans.

Red Bluff Recreation Area is situated along Huzzah Creek. Two camping loop roads and associated campsites, along with a picnic pavilion, are located in its floodplain. High water and flash flood events present a hazard to the public, particularly overnight campers.

These safety concerns, combined with the cumulative financial impact of repairing flood-damaged facilities, present a clear need to question the sustainability of safe facilities in the Huzzah Creek floodplain.

The Forest Service has studied and surveyed Red Bluff Recreation Area in order to put forth a proposal to address safety and sustainability issues. The proposal involves the relocation of campsites, restrooms, and a picnic pavilion out of the Huzzah Creek floodplain, followed later by the restoration of the floodplain.

Phase 1 of the project would focus on the redevelopment of infrastructure to improve safety and accessibility, accommodate modern camping equipment, and reduce deferred and annual maintenance costs. This first phase, as proposed, would involve relocation of overnight camping facilities out of flood prone areas to the ridge above the creek, and would bring existing campsites not affected by flooding up to current standards.

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