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Newly Acquired Property

Missouri State Parks recently announced that the state has acquired 330 acres of property in Shannon County. The property, historically referred to as Camp Zoe, is located adjacent to Current River State Park and downstream from Montauk State Park. It also abuts the 64,000-acre Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry, which is managed by Missouri State Parks.

Overview

  • Totals 330 acres and is located in Shannon County
  • Was purchased for $640,000 (excluding fees and professional services)

Proximity and location

  • Easily accessible to the public from Highway 19
  • Close to existing Missouri State Parks facilities, including .6 miles (geodesic distance) from Current River State Park and 14 miles (geodesic distance) from Montauk State Park
  • Thirty “river miles” from Montauk State Park
  • Serves as a gateway to the 64,000-acre Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry, which is managed by Missouri State Parks

Natural resources

  • Includes Sinking Creek, a major tributary of the Current River and a high-quality losing stream that is a well-known local feature
  • Features sheer bluffs that trace the water’s edge and provide a stunning landscape
  • Rich in bird-life and vegetation, including forest and glade ecosystems
  • At least nine species of conservation concern have been documented in and around the property.  More than 1 dozen other species of conservation concern have been documented between 1-2.5 miles from the property.
  • Sits within the Current River Hills Conservation Opportunity Area

Recreation resources

  • Sinking Creek, with its crystal clear waters, provides opportunities for wading and seasonal floating
  • Water access also presents opportunities for fishing, including small mouth bass
  • Landscape and stream provide opportunities for hiking and aquatic trails

Historic background

  • Camp Zoe was opened in 1929 as an all-girls summer camp, which was eventually made coed
  • Camp Zoe closed as a summer camp after the summer of 1986