Open house shares information about the Missouri National Recreational River

Open house shares information about the Missouri National Recreational River The Missouri National Recreational River extends from the Fort Randall Dam at Pickstown to the head of the Lewis and Clark Lake, and from Gavins Point Dam to the commencement of the channelized Missouri at Ponca, NE. The recreational river was established by Congress in 1978 and expanded in 1991 to protect the unique scenic and cultural values present on these reaches. The area is a renowned Lewis and Clark treasure exhibiting in many of its back stretches a timelessness of the Missouri River that would be familiar to those explorers. Communities along the river include Pickstown, Springfield, Yankton, Vermillion, Elk Point and Ponca. by David Lias Citizens with any questions about the Missouri National Recreational River learned everything they ever wanted to know about the topic by visiting the W.H. Over Museum Tuesday.

The National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted an annual open house at the museum to update residents and neighbors on agency actions and initiatives envisioned in 2002 on the recreational river.

The Missouri National Recreational River extends from the Fort Randall Dam at Pickstown to the head of the Lewis and Clark Lake, and from Gavins Point Dam to the commencement of the channelized Missouri at Ponca, NE. The National Park Service is the general administrator of the unit but is joined by the Corps of Engineers on he Gavins-to-Ponca reach.

Phil Campbell of the National Park Service noted Tuesday that much progress has been made on the Spirit Mound restoration project.

"A great deal of work has been done out there," he said. Farm buildings and barb-wired fences near the mound are gone.

"The process that's ongoing is the restoration to a prairie and basically the removal of man's evidence on that," he said. "Most of the work has been done by the state of South Dakota and the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

"They've removed all the farm buildings, fence rows, lanes � all that stuff will be basically eradicated," Campbell said.

Besides Spirit Mound, update reports were also given on the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center at Ponca State Park, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Wayside Exhibits initiative, the Missouri River canoe trail, and the schedule for bank stabilization repair.

The Missouri National Recreational River was established by Congress in 1978 and expanded in 1991 to protect the unique scenic and cultural values present on these reaches.

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