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Improvements planned at Eleven Point River Whitten Access

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mark Twain National Forest will conduct an improvement project at the Eleven Point River Whitten Access beginning mid-August 2012.

The access site will be temporarily closed to the public during the construction for public safety.

The project is expected to take approximately 60 days to complete.

"These improvements will address long term deferred maintenance and reduce congestion at the site. Once complete, it will provide a better recreation experience for river users," said Mark Twain National Forest Eleven Point District Ranger Tim Bond.

Bond said these improvements are part of an on-going effort to improve Eleven Point River sites and are funded, in part, through Secure Rural Schools Act funds.

"We have been allocated approximately $30,000 from Resource Allocation Committee funding to assist in completing this project," Bond said. "This project was identified by the 15- member Eleven Point Resource Allocation Committee to protect the Eleven Point River resource, while encouraging visitor use of the region."

The Oregon County Commission recently completed widening Whitten Road to also improve user access.

Proposed Whitten Access improvements include construction of a retaining wall adjacent to the boat ramp, accessible boat tie up area, boat trailer parking area, graveled road loop, and temporary parking area for loading and unloading canoes. New signing will also be installed.

"We understand these improvements will impact river users during construction period," Bond said. "We apologize for this temporary inconvenience to the public. We are restricted to certain time frames in which we are allowed to conduct in-stream work. This does not allow for the project to be completed during any other time of the year. We hope to re-open the site by early October."

There are several other river access sites available for use along the Eleven Point River during the construction period at Whitten Access.

"We encourage the public to take advantage of these other river access sites and continue to enjoy the river," Bond said.

Please contact the Eleven Point Ranger District at 573-996-2153 for further information regarding the project.

USDA's Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 southern and central Missouri counties. The National Forest's goal is to continue to restore Missouri's natural communities and maintaining a healthy, working forest.

For further information about Mark Twain National Forest go to www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/marktwain or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.

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