Big Lake State Park to reopen in one year

Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 4:51 p.m. CDT

BIG LAKE VILLAGE — Big Lake State Park, which was closed this summer because of flooding along the Missouri River, will remain closed for the next 12 months.

Russell Burge, superintendent of the northwest Missouri park, told The St. Joseph News-Press that the park will be bigger and better than ever when it reopens but that the work will take time.

Currently, the park has 10 motel rooms, eight cabins and 76 campsites that serve about 175,000 visitors a year, with guests using 5,000 camp nights.

Bill Bryan, director of the Missouri state parks, said this year's flood could impact the park's future growth. The water rose two feet higher than in 1993, and the flooding lasted 75 days, damaging several parts of the park, including dining and motel facilities.


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Steve Baumann October 30, 2011 | 8:17 a.m.

Big Lake is a beautiful park, I'm glad to hear that it is being rebuilt - but at the same time, it floods so often that one has to ask if it is worth re-opening.

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