River Run Park Back to ‘Normal’? Actually, I’m not sure.


Forsyth Mo. – After suffering its third (?) water submersion in just a couple of years, River Run Park in Forsyth Missouri appears only a little worst for wear. I had the chance to hike through it in mid January 2010 and can report that the main access road, while very muddy, is passable. That was not the case earlier in the season when it was completely under water for most of the Fall. Now, with Bull Shoals at normal levels, there was only a recent snow that covered the street and made driving difficult. (Except, you cannot actually drive there because the Park has been closed). At this time, new metal barricades block both entrances so you can only get there by walking in.

I was going to guess that it would re-open soon (it did as of mid January), but then I noticed that the Ranger Station was also missing or had been removed. That cast some doubt in my mind as to what plans the Core of Engineers have as we get closer to spring, and a time when fishermen traditionally flock here with their boats.

I’m not too worried as there’s still plenty of time to clean the place up and get it ready for the spring camping and fishing.

One question in my mind concerns some of the tress, mostly the sycamores, which appear to have died as evidenced the photo of one that toppled over. I would guess that any dead ones, especially close to campsites, will be cut down before the park reopens.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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