ELEVEN POINT RIVER -- The spring floods may have changed the appearance of some camp sites in the area, but visitors will still find plenty of summertime fun on the rivers in the area.
The Eleven Point River like so many other areas in Oregon County has been affected by the recent historic flooding.
"Our road system and recreation areas along the river have been impacted," Eleven Point District Ranger Tim Bond said.
Bond said his office has completed most of the damage assessment for the roads and recreation sites.
"The Mark Twain National Forest has been engaged in cleaning operations on both the Eleven Point River and the Current River. We have focused on clearing debris, performing emergency maintenance on roads to maintain public access, and ensuring recreation areas are safe for public use," he said.
According to Bond, "The level of damage received to the district is extensive. "We estimate the flood damage to the Mark Twain National Forest to be approximately $1.5 million," he said.
Bond said the focus now is to provide as much public access as possible and ensure the safety of the public.
"We will at some point in the near future need to undergo some extensive work to bring the roads and recreation areas back to standard. We estimate it will take about two years to get everything back to normal," Bond said.
Bond gave the status of boat launches/river access, float camps and campgrounds.
Boat launches/river access:
* Thomasville Access, open, the road is in rough condition.
* Cane Bluff Access, open, the road is in fair condition.
* Greer Crossing Access, open, the road is in good condition.
* Turner Mill Crossing, open, the road is in rough condition.
* Turner Mill South Access, open, the road is in rough condition.
* McDowell Access, closed, the road is in rough condition.
* Whitten Access, open, the road is in fair condition.
* Riverton East Access, open, the road is in fair condition.
* Highway 142 Access, open, the road is in good condition.
Eleven Point River Float Camps:
* Stinking Pond, closed.
* Horseshoe Bend, closed.
* Barn Hollow, closed.
* Whites Creek, closed.
* Green Briar, open, a lot of debris.
* Bozemill, open, debris.
* Morgan Spring, closed.
* Greer day use, open.
* Greer Campground, open.
* The McCormack Lake Campground, open.
* McCormack Lake, day use, open.
"The river access, float camps and campgrounds lost many of the amenities that the public is used to seeing. Picnic tables, fire rings, lantern posts and some toilets were washed away in the flood. It will take time to replace these amenities and the public should be aware of this before camping," Bond said.
He said floating or power boating on the Eleven Point River is welcome and open. "The public should be cautious of changes to the river and will experience a little more woody debris in the river than normal. Outfitter operations are up and running for forest visitors," he said.
Bond said for more information on the clean-up efforts call the Eleven Point District Ranger at 573-996-2153.