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).
Duck Creek Manager Keith Cordell 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 to add 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,” Cordell said. "The new ramps and docks will greatly improve safety and ease of access to the water for area users."
The ADA-accessible floating fishing platforms will be placed on the east side and west side of Pool 1, between the existing rock jetties. These platforms are similar to the one at Otter Slough at the southwest corner of Cypress Lake, Cordell said, and will provide additional fishing opportunities for individuals who do not have boats and are unable to stand on the rock banks.
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 through traffic past 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 added this project is part of the MDC’s efforts to help people discover nature on Duck Creek Conservation Area. More information about Duck Creek can be found online at mdc.mo.gov.