WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas in the state. The management plan for the Patrick Bridge Access in Ozark County is open for public review in February.
MDC invites comments from recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials, government agencies and other interested persons or groups. Citizens can comment on this area Feb. 1-28. To make a comment on this area plan, go to mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
The 161-acre Patrick Bridge Access is located on Ozark County Highway H and provides access to the North Fork of the White River. The landscape is mostly forested. The area features Althea Spring, a camping area with 12 campsites, one parking lot, a restroom, a ramp that provides access to the stream and a picnic table.
Patrick Bridge Access offers several angling opportunities. The area lies within the North Fork’s Blue Ribbon Trout Area. Anglers who fish for trout at this area are permitted to use artificial lures and flies only and the daily limit is one trout measuring 18 inches or greater in length. The area also offers hunting opportunities. The Althea Spring Trail provides hiking and nature viewing opportunities.
For more information on area plan comment periods, go online to mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.