News Release 377

Informational meeting at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Volume 38-377 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 25, 2010 – The informational meeting for Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton, originally planned for June 8, has been rescheduled for July 17, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The meeting, which will feature a Dutch oven cooking demonstration, will be held at 1 p.m. at the park’s Post Office day-use area and picnic shelter.

While the food is cooking, park staff will discuss what is new at the park as well as plans for the future. The schedule for Something on Saturday programs and future special events will be announced.  There will be an opportunity for those attending to fill out comment cards and discuss their concerns and suggestions to park staff who will be in attendance throughout the event and afterwards. Samples from the Dutch oven demonstration will be available to everyone attending.

Agenda items for the meeting include information on the new rock blanket that protects the shoreline in the spring day-use area and improves fish habitat. This project was a partnership between the park, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department Conservation. Another item will be the proposal to expand the Turkey Pen Hollow Oak Woodlands Natural Area.

The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by the department to ensure that the public has input on services provided in state parks and historic sites. 

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located five miles southwest of Camdenton off U.S. Highway 54 on Highway D.  People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park at 573-346-2986 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit