PUXICO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces construction is slated to begin March 17 on boat ramps and fishing docks on Pool 1 at Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA).
Keith Cordell, the Duck Creek CA manager, said area users should be prepared for possible detours around Pool 1 during the construction. The purpose of the construction is to improve motorboat access to Pool 1 by renovating the two existing south boat ramps, , and adding two covered, ADA accessible floating fishing platforms.
“We are adding courtesy docks to these two ramps which will allow safe and convenient access from the bank to the water,” he said. The new ramps and docks will greatly improve safety and ease of access to the water for area users, he said.
The ADA accessible floating fishing platforms will be placed on the east side and west sides of Pool 1, between the existing rock jetties. These platforms are similar to the one at Otter Slough at the SW corner of Cypress Lake, Cordell said, and will provide additional fishing opportunity to individuals who do not have boats
Cordell said the two north boat ramps will remain open to public use during the construction project. The northeast ramp will be accessible without a detour. Traffic towards the northwest boat ramp may be routed from the south through Pool 3 via 51 Highway, or from the north through Unit A via Z Highway, he said.
“We will allow traffic through the construction area when possible but there will be times when the road will be completely closed off due to heavy equipment operation or other construction related activities,” he said.
Cordell estimates the project to take 90 days to complete, with exception to weather conditions. The goal is to complete the project by July, he said.
Cordell added this project is part of the MDC’s efforts to help people discover nature on Duck Creek Conservation Area.