Most recreation areas reopen in Mark Twain National Forest

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ROLLA, Mo. -- Many of the recreation areas in the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri will be open for the Memorial Day weekend. Many areas have been closed for almost a month because of flood damage.

Between April 28 and May 4, rivers and streams rose to historic flood levels. Water damaged and destroyed 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.

Thanks to a concerted effort by state and federal agencies, 34 of the 43 damaged sites will reopen by this Memorial Day weekend.

A Type 2 National Incident Management Team (IMT) was brought in to manage in recovery efforts. More than 150 personnel were assigned at the height of the incident. Over the past three weeks, Mark Twain National Forest worked to address flooding impacts.

Crews used chainsaws to cut out large debris, contractors hauled off tons of flood-deposited material, and significant repairs have occurred. These efforts have led to many forest campgrounds and other recreation sites getting to a point that they can be re-opened. However, several sites received significant damage and will remain closed indefinitely.

Mark Twain National Forest
(as of May 23)

-- (North Fork River) North Fork Recreation Area near Dora: CLOSED
-- (Eleven Point River) Thomasville River Access CLOSED
-- (Eleven Point River) Turner Mill South River Access CLOSED
-- (Eleven Point River) Cane Bluff River Access CLOSED
-- (Current River) Watercress Recreation Area CLOSED
-- (Current River) Float Camp Campground CLOSED (possibly could open on Friday)
-- (Current River) Bay Nothing Boat Launch CLOSED
-- (Big Piney River) Stone Mill Spring day use recreation area CLOSED

-- Chadwick Motorcycle/ATV Use Area OPEN/ All trails to the south of the 101 Trail are CLOSED
-- (Eleven Point River) 142 Access OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Barn Hollow Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Boze Mill Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Greenbriar Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Greer Crossing Campground OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Horseshoe Bend Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) McDowell Access OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Barn Hollow Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Morgan Spring Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Riverton East River Access OPEN 5/26/17
-- (Eleven Point River) Riverton West River Access OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Stinking Pond Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Turner Mill North River Access OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River)) Whites Creek Float Camp OPEN
-- (Eleven Point River) Whitten River Access OPEN
-- (Current River) Deer Leap OPEN
-- (Current River) Float Camp Day Use Area OPEN
-- Fourche Lake Recreation Area OPEN
-- McCormack Lake Recreation Area OPEN
-- Ripley Lake Recreation Area OPEN
-- Lane Springs Recreation Area OPEN
-- Patty Creek Recreation Area OPEN
-- (Black River) Markham Springs Recreation Area OPEN
-- (Black River) Hendrickson Boat Launch OPEN
-- Crane Lake Recreation Area OPEN
-- Audubon Trail OPEN
-- Marble Creek Recreation Area OPEN
-- Silver Mines Recreation Area OPEN
-- Bell Mountain Wilderness Area OPEN
-- (Huzzah Creek) Red Bluff Recreation Area OPEN on 5/26/17, subject to addressing safety concerns
-- Council Bluff Recreation Area OPEN
-- 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, call (574) 364-4621, or contact your local ranger district office