Agencies survey recreational users on White River lakes

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Anglers, boaters and other recreationists at three lakes on the Missouri-Arkansas border are being asked a few questions as they end their days on the water. The information they provide will help state and federal agencies manage the lakes and public access facilities better.

Since mid-October, workers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been conducting random exit surveys at Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Norfork lakes. The surveys will continue until next October.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting the survey in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Corps of Engineers. The purpose is to learn when, where and how people use the lakes. The information will help all three agencies plan management activities, such as fish stocking and construction of new public recreation areas.

Survey clerks are clearly identified with orange jackets or vests. The survey takes approximately three minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and all information is anonymous.

Since 1989, the Conservation Department has conducted more than 95 surveys to learn Missourians' recreational preferences. The current survey gives visitors a voice in shaping future lake management policies and programs.

To learn more about this project, visit Questions about the survey can be sent to

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