Archive for March, 2010

Saturday tree drop

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Here is the latest information on the tree drop on Saturday. According to the weather forecast it should reach 60 with a 30% chance of rain and winds from the SE at 18. We will be meeting at the ramp at 9 am. At the very least we will get the trees that Brad cut along the road drug down to the ramp and tied to the blocks. If the wind doesn’t stop us we will drop them in the lake. If it isn’t safe we will either do that on Sunday or at another time. I don’t think it will be so bad, but I have been wrong before and we will err on the side of safe rather than risk someone getting hurt. We will be glad for all the help we can get. See you there!! Any questions, call Mary at store 573-565-3500.

Christmas tree drop

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow we will be postponing the Christmas tree drop scheduled for tomorrow. We are supposed to have 20 mph wind and a rain and snow with a high of 39. The plan is to do it next weekend instead. Please continue to monitor this blog for updates. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but it is not worth the risk of someone getting hurt. Thank you

Update 3/16/2010

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I have cut and pasted an open letter from Dennis Gill at Timber Ridge Resort below. Please take the time to read it and send your thoughts to the Corp person listed at the bottom. As much as we like the lake the way it is I can only dream of how much better it could be with the minor changes implemented as described. There are some attachments at the bottom. Here it is.

To Mark Twain Lake Enthusiasts,
As most of you know, in 2008, after several record rain fall events, Mark Twain Lake reached a new record level of just over 640 feet above sea level. This sent the dam into what is called an induced surcharge.
The dam performed just as the engineers said it would. I’m sure that the men and women who designed Clarence Cannon Dam were very proud of themselves. Hopefully they are retired and watched it happen on the internet or television, because it was quite scary around the lake. The results were a lot of damage upstream and downstream of the dam.
Downstream there was significant bank erosion, some of which will never be repaired and tremendous damage to the re regulation dam (that day use area will remain closed until further notice). County roads, bridges, several homes, barns and out buildings as well as thousands of acres of crops that could not be harvested were effected. Upstream the damage was more on the economic side. The lake was closed for seven days during prime vacation/boating time. We lost customers, some of which will never be back. The outcome was that 2008 was not a good year for anybody around the lake, upstream or down. Couple that with down economy of 2009, which is carrying over to 2010, could make 2008 the beginning of the end for many lake business’s and developments.
Yet, with all that bad, something good has come from 2008. The Corps of Engineers is working on a new water control manual on how to manage the water levels at Mark Twain Lake. For the first time fish spawn has been addressed with specific lake levels. Obviously the benefit of fishing/recreation boating has opened the eyes of the regulators of Mark Twain Lake. This could be a milestone to all of the businesses, outdoor sportsman and many families whose livelihood benefit from the fishing industry that the lake has brought to our area. Unfortunately, the downstream interests have the numbers to have it removed unless we make significant comments on the plan. It should be known that the record lake levels of 2008, and induced surcharge would have happened regardless of the fish spawn consideration in the new manual. The plan is attached.
The proposed manual would allow the Corps of Engineers to maintain the lake level from 606 to 610 from April 23-June 16. In the years that the lake does not go over 610, this plan should help the fish spawn. In the years that the lake does go over 610, little or no attention will be paid to fish spawn. I do believe that we should take what we can get. (I think we asked for 613 instead of 610 originally)
As far as the other parts of the plan, I think it will address most of the issues that affect both upstream and downstream interests. I would like to personally thank the Corps of Engineers for their efforts and opportunity to change the status quo at Mark Twain Lake.
We will need to make a strong presence to make sure that the fish spawn consideration doesn’t end here. Please take the time to email or send a letter to the Corps of Engineers at the addresses below.
Thank you in advance,
Dennis Gill
Vice President,
Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce

Joan Stemler
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1222 Spruce St
St. Louis, MO 63103-2818


Attachment Links:
Mark Twain February Presentation, water control

Mark Twain March Presentation, water control


Update 3/13/2010

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

THE LAKE IS OPEN!!! I checked at both bridges on 107 and could see no ice anywhere, not even in the small south side coves. Mary said she heard from some fishermen that the channel cats were biting. They were bank fishing.— Lake level is at 614 and likely to go up a little more as it is still raining here.—- Crappies should be starting to migrate towards the spawning areas. We are a long ways off from the spawn, but they will be leaving the winter haunts and headings towards the creeks. Deep water is still going to be the key.—–It is time to get out fishing again….finally!!

Update 3/6/2010

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

As of this morning we were still frozen up at all of the landings with the exception of Elk Creek. I am not sure how much open water is available, but I heard there was a boat in there. There is a lot of open water at the north end of the lake, so shore fishing would be possible in some areas. An update from Lynn Tharp this morning, the water up there is brown in color with visibility of less than 1 foot and it is 38 degrees.— With this warmer weather we are experiencing there is a lot of wildlife active so be careful on the roads. —- I heard rumor of a couple of local fishermen making some trips over to Thomas Hill this past week and being pretty successful on crappie.

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