Ice Damage Closes Missouri Campgrounds
The Mark Twain National Forest’s Eleven Point Ranger District has temporarily closed 15 river accesses and campgrounds in southern Missouri’s Oregon County due to ice damage from the late January winter storm.
Currently forest service roads, trails, river accesses and campgrounds are inaccessible due to downed trees, power lines and road conditions, according to The News, Salem, Ark.
“This situation is expected to continue for several more weeks,” said Eleven Point District Ranger Tim Bond. “Efforts are still underway in cooperation with state and county officials to ensure private residences and rural communities are accessible for emergency responders within forest boundaries.”
Forest visitors are asked to limit travel within the Eleven Point Ranger District to allow for roads to improve and cleanup operations to continue. Bond said current priorities are to provide public assistance where needed and clean up major forest roads and recreation areas.
“We are experiencing damage to a large area that will take some time to clean up to ensure public safety,” Bond said. “We recommend visitors don’t hike trails in the district this month, and that they be prepared to cross downed trees and other storm debris when hiking and riding later this spring.”