Big Changes Headed For Area Corps Campgrounds

By: 
Anita Campbell
County Reporter
A $550,000 cut in federal funding has made it necessary for the Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make operational changes and closures at several campgrounds located at Harry S. Truman Lake. These changes are being made in an effort to improve park operating efficiencies, while still providing a quality recreational opportunity for the public.
The following changes will take effect immediately:
     All Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds will be closed December through February.
Berry Bend Beach will be permanently closed. The Berry Bend campground as well as the picnic areas, shelters, and boat ramp will continue to be open.
The Berry Bend Equestrian Campground will no longer be operated by the Corps of Engineers.  Campground operation will be advertised for private operation.  The equestrian trials, picnic shelters and boat ramp will remain open to day use activities..
Talley Bend Campground will no longer be operated by the Corps of Engineers.  Campground operation will be advertised for private operation.  The boat ramp will remain open.
Sparrowfoot Campground will be closed for the 2020 recreation season.  The picnic area and boat ramp will remain open.
Visitors that normally camp in Talley Bend or Sparrowfoot are encouraged to visit Berry Bend, Bucksaw, Long Shoal, Osage Bluff, or Thibaut Point.
According to Natural Resource Manager Tammy Gilmore, the Corps of Engineers had to make some tough decisions as they chose which campgrounds to close when they received news of the federal cuts.
“We looked at the areas that showed the least use,” said Gilmore.
The Corps of Engineers will host an open house to discuss the closures and answer questions for the public.  The meeting is scheduled for December 17 from 5 PM to 7 PM with a presentation beginning shortly after 5 PM at the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center, 29027 Visitor Center Road, Warsaw, MO.
For more information contact the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Harry S. Truman Lake at 660-438-7317, ext. 1.
 

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