Outdoors

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 16

Join park staff in celebrating the Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, Feb. 16, at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.

Think about fishing for some walleye before spring

    It is hard to think of fish spawning with some of the February weather found around the Midwest, but down in the White River of North Arkansas, the brown trout have finished spawning. My friend Jerry McCoy, who guides on the White told me he caught two big brown trout up around 10 pounds each in the catch-and-release area which extends about a mile below the Bull Shoals dam.

Red Bluff Recreation Area campground construction update is announced

    Last year, the Forest Service made the decision to move overnight camping facilities out of the floodplain and onto higher ground.  Three new camping loops will be constructed and Pines Overlook will be rehabilitated.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor

On Feb. 7, 2019, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board approved a request submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad seeking an additional 180 days to negotiate an agreement to railbank 144 miles of the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad corridor stretching from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri.

Annual catch-and-keep season at trout parks coming up March 1

Friday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.