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In America’s steamboat era, the main danger to waterborne travel and commerce was neither fire nor explosions, but rather snags—trees that had fallen into the rivers as a result of bank erosion. The current carried them to the center of the stream, and the heavier end, that with the roots, became lodged in the riverbed with the other end pointed downstream at an angle. A snag could punch a hole in a boat’s hull, often causing it to sink. Particularly dangerous were the fallen trees that lay hidden beneath the river’s surface. Snags caused enormous losses of vessels, cargoes, and lives.

During an age when America moved mostly by water, the Corps of Engineers began removing snags and other obstructions on navigable rivers in 1824. [More...]

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36th Annual Old Greenville Black Power Rendezvous This Weekend at Wappapello Lake

All roads in southeast Missouri will lead to the Greenville Recreation Area at Wappapello Lake on April 12 and 13, 2014, for the 36th Annual Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous. This event is the longest consecutive rendezvous in the state of Missouri. Many families have made this event a tradition. There will be something for all ages to do. Check out the traders, food, old-time children’s games, and primitive lodges. Watch or participate in the competitive activities such as black powder shooting, hawk and knife throwing, bow shooting, and fire starting. Adult entry fee for those in primitive attire is $10. For those in modern dress it is $12. Teenage division (13-17 years old) fee is $5 and will shoot with adults. Youth division ages 12 and under shoots for free with adult supervision. Women may compete in Women’s Division or Open Division. Event hours are 9 a.m. to dark on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to the public.
Published: 4/8/2014

Carlyle Lake Main Dam Bridge Deck Closure

CARLYLE LAKE – On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Carlyle Lake Main Dam bridge deck will be closed for maintenance work. The work is a continuation from prior structural repairs and painting performed in 2006. Repairs will include sandblasting and repainting the four tainter gates at the Carlyle Lake Main Dam. These repairs will ensure the integrity and increase the longevity of the structure. The repairs are expected to last through the entire recreation season and work is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. The schedule of work is contingent upon weather and lake level, and may be adjusted.
Published: 4/8/2014

Mark Twain Lake Partners with Mark Twain Elementary to Display 1st Grade Zoo Art Exhibit

April 7, 2014, Monroe City, Missouri – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake invite
Published: 4/7/2014

Carlyle Lake to Increase Downstream Releases

CARLYLE LAKE - As of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 444.30 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of approximately 4,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs). The inflow for Wednesday, April 2, 2014 was approximately 5,590 day second feet (dsf). Due to the previous rainfall, Carlyle Lake will crest on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 445.5 feet NGVD. Downstream releases will be increased beginning Thursday, April 3, 2014 to reach a release rate of 8,000 cfs by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Published: 4/3/2014

Camping Opportunities at Carlyle Lake in 2014

CARLYLE LAKE – The 2014 camping season will begin with the opening of Dam West and McNair Campgrounds on March 28th. Boulder Campground will open on April 13th and the Coles Creek and Lotus Group area on April 28th. The Dam East Spillway Campground and the Eldon Hazlet State Park are open year-round.
Published: 4/3/2014

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