Public invited to share ideas at an informational meeting regarding Lake Wappapello State Park

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Volume 37-347 For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- In an effort to ensure that the public has an opportunity to provide input regarding services in state parks and historic sites, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an informational meeting on Sunday Oct. 4, at Lake Wappapello State Park near Poplar Bluff. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the park's Shelter House #1 picnic area and is open to the public.

Recent accomplishments at the park and future plans will be highlighted during the informational meeting, which will begin with a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Activities will include a short opinion survey and comment cards, water survival games, visiting with park managers, and displays and presentations about the park's recent accomplishments and services. Water safety tips will be provided by the Southeast Missouri Regional Water Safety council. Park staff will be available to answer questions about park operations. Visitors are invited to share comments on the park's services and operations.

Based partially on previous comments and input from the public, the Department has recently installed new electric service in Asher Creek Campground, provided satellite television service in the rental cabins and joined with the Southeast Missouri Water Safety Council to promote recreational water safety, including the popular "Life Jacket Loaner" and "Caught Safe" programs. A new concession service is currently out for bid with plans to implement it in 2010. The new concession service likely will offer personal watercraft, paddleboat, tube and kneeboard rentals as well as concession food items in areas near the beach and old marina launch area.

Lake Wappapello State Park is located at the east end of Highway 172 in southern Wayne County. The park is eight miles east of Highway 67 and approximately 16 miles north of Poplar Bluff on the west side of Wappapello Lake. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 573-297-3232 or by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at