MDC will remove some fishing docks at northwest lakes during winter

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be removing fishing and courtesy docks from some lakes in the northwest region as a winter precaution. Lakes will still be open for fishing and hunting activities allowed on the areas. Pulling the docks will spare them from winter weather damage. MDC staff will return the docks to the lakes in the spring.

“By being proactive and removing the docks in the late fall, we greatly reduce the amount of potential maintenance and repair costs associated with them,” said Blaine Adams, MDC regional maintenance infrastructure supervisor. “I instruct my staff to get them back in the water by April 1, or as soon as conditions allow.”

The docks will be pulled at Bilby Ranch Lake, Pony Express Lake, Buffalo Bill Lake on the Pony Express Conservation Area, Happy Holler Lake, and Cheru Lake at the Fountain Grove Conservation Area.

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