Public invited to recreational planning event for Little Otter Creek Reservoir on March 5 in Polo

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The public is invited to provide input on recreational planning for the Little Otter Creek Reservoir project from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Polo Community Center. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will provide fish and wildlife management assistance for the 700-acre project, which will include a 344-acre lake.

Little Otter Creek Reservoir will provide a water supply, flood control, and recreation at a site east of Hamilton. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in 2021 and it is expected to be completed in the next few years. MDC is assisting project partners which includes Caldwell County Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Park Service, Caldwell County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The March 5 event will include exhibits, interactive displays and games, models, and activities. Visitors will be able to provide input on outdoor recreation they would like offered at the lake and surrounding land. MDC staff will have displays about MDC staff will have displays about establishing native prairie plants around the Lake and controlling any invasive species that come up while the new plantings are being established. Staff will also offer a wildlife fur display. COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed.

For more information, contact, or call 402-206-4392.