PERRY — Mark Twain Lake in northeast Missouri will get a new visitor's center, the result of $5.5 million in federal stimulus money.
Officials at the lake that is popular among fishermen and hunters are hopeful the new center will be open for the 2010 tourist season. Bids will be sought next month and a contract will be awarded in July.
The 6,000-square-foot facility will be near the still-standing former M.W. Boudreaux Visitors Center, just south of Clarence Cannon Dam. The Boudreaux center closed in 2004 because of structural deterioration.
The funding is part of $4.6 billion for corps projects around the nation and $279.4 million in Missouri and Illinois.