SW MO. – As the month of March approaches, many eyes turn to watch the water levels of three large water reservoirs located in northwest and east Arkansas and southwest Missouri.
The three reservoir lakes are known as Beaver, Table Rock and Bull Shoals. In between Table Rock and Bull Shoals is Lake Taneycomo which is 23 miles long and which connects the two. At the far end of the system is the Bull Shoals dam in Arkansas which empties into the White River – That in turn snakes its way to the Mississippi River.
All along this enormous stretch of waterways exist numerous campgrounds and Parks. Of particular interest to myself are a couple of parks the are situated just beyond the Powersite dam situated at the terminus of Lake Taneycomo.
Both River Run Park and Shadowrock Park lay across from each other near the Highway 76-160 bridge. They are great places to camp, fish and enjoy nature. Sadly they are both also located on a Federal floodplain and as such are subject to being closed after we get excessive spring rains!
Lately, flooding has become a pretty common event and as a result, the only other park that remains high and dry is Liberty Park (formerly Empire Park) due to its location on Taneycomo.
This year, I planned to pay special attention to the water levels in the month of March, as that month often proved to be a good indicator as to how the rest of the season would go. At left are the Full pool (normal) levels for each lake. Going into March the levels were respectively; 1120, 914 and 659 feet msl. Thus they were at just about the right levels. Now, the wait for the spring rains begins!