Open House to discuss rehabilitation process for Red Bluff Recreation Area

Release Date: Apr 14, 2017  

Contact(s): Cody Norris (573) 341-7405


POTOSI, Mo. (April 14, 2017) – The public is invited to attend an Open House at Red Bluff Recreation Area on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to learn about plans to relocate campsites and restrooms out of the Huzzah Creek floodplain.

Forest Service managers are evaluating plans to address flooding issues at Red Bluff Recreation Area, a Mark Twain National Forest signature site located in Crawford County, Missouri. High water and flash flood events present a hazard to the public, particularly overnight campers. These safety concerns, combined with the cumulative financial impact of repairing flood-damaged facilities, present a clear need to question the sustainability of safe facilities in the floodplain.

The open house will include a driving tour of Red Bluff Recreation Area with stops along the way to learn about the flooding issues, and see the proposed locations for the new camping loops. Forest Service employees will provide direction as to where to drive and serve as tour guides at the stops.

The first phase of the project will focus on the redevelopment of infrastructure to improve safety and accessibility, accommodate modern camping equipment, and reduce deferred and annual maintenance costs. This first phase would involve relocation of overnight camping facilities out of flood prone areas to the ridge above the creek, and would bring existing campsites not affected by flooding up to current standards.

“The free open house will start at 12:00 p.m. and last until 3:00 p.m.”, said Becky Ewing, District Ranger for the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District. “Visitors can take as long as they want at each stop to ask questions or to poke around the campground and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Red Bluff”.

Red Bluff Recreation Area opened for the 2017 season on April 14. Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Gale) Sadler and their son, David, have a Forest Service concessionaire permit to manage the recreation area. They are planning to be at the Open House on April 29 to welcome visitors. The Sadlers also manages Mark Twain National Forest’s Council Bluff Recreation Area, located in Iron County.

Red Bluff Recreation Area is located on Highway V, in Davisville. “I’m excited to announce the Davisville Historical Society will open their museum to the public during the open house,” said Ewing. “The area is not only beautiful, but it is also rich in history.” Another Davisville treasure, the Pucky Huddle General Store, will also be open to welcome visitors to the area.

For questions about the Red Bluff Recreation Area open house, contact the Potosi Ranger Station at (573) 438-5427. Mark Twain National Forest is managed to restore Missouri’s natural communities and maintain a healthy, working forest. Follow us on twitter @marktwain_nf, and like us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marktwainnationalforest.