Flood-Damaged Old Highway 86 Site Opens
The newly reconstructed Old Highway 86 Campground near Branson, Mo., is open for the 2013 season.
After being closed last year due to flood damage, each of the 69 sites now have water and 50-amp electrical outlets, Lake Manager Greg Oller told Branson's Tri-Lakes News.
The cost to repair the campground was about $1.25 million, Oller said. The money used came from appropriated funds and flood supplemental money.
“We started the project around the middle of May 2012, and most of the work was completed around Oct. 1,” Oller said.
In the span of those five months, Oller said, local contractors were working on site rehabilitation.
“The people that live in this area like to see that the local craftsmen from this area are put to work on projects the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) do,” Oller said.
With flat terrain and less rock, Old Highway 86 didn’t offer too many challenges when being repaired, Oller said.
“There has been a tremendous amount of money spent at (Old Highway 86 campground) and a lot of effort on the corps’ part to make sure in getting 86 to the condition that the public wants,” Oller said.
Since the 1960s, Old Highway 86 Campground has been one of the more popular places to camp in the Tri-Lakes Area, Oller said.
With the season, Oller said campers may look forward to brand new roads and shower houses, in addition to water and electric at each site.
Oller said approximately $140,000 in fees will be collected by the beginning of October from Old Highway 86 Campground.
Campsites cost $21 per night and may be booked at www.recreation.gov.
“Camping is still affordable for families, and we want to always make sure we keep our prices down, but it’s a great family experience,” Oller said. “In these challenging economic times, I think that we have done a good job of keeping our campgrounds up to what the public expects. There’s real value to the American public to come out and utilize our campgrounds.”
The corps partners with the Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation to maintain campgrounds, including Moonshine Beach which is a day-use area. The campgrounds include: Aunts Creek, Baxter, Campbell Point, Cape Fair, Indian Point, Mill Creek and Old Highway 86.