CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY -- A favorite fishing hole and hunting spot for duck hunters reopened yesterday after repairs were made by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Don Arnold, the construction and maintenance supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said the area's boat ramp was obstructed when an unusually high amount of silt was carried in during the March floods. He said though the department had hoped to make more expedient repairs, they had to go through proper channels to ensure construction and maintenance permit requirements were met.
"It took a little longer than we anticipated, but since we went through the process this time, we won't have to go through the same process in future situations," Arnold said.
He said though the boat ramp is cleared and access is granted to the area, visitors may see the temporary stockpiled silt until the crew is able to move it to a permanent location. He said the area is prone to silt buildup when floods and hard rains occur, but he's optimistic the repair timeline will be faster in the future.
"We know this is a popular spot, so we made sure we went through all processes needed so we're covered to make future maintenance on an as needed basis," Arnold said.
For more information about the Block Hole Access Conservation Area, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation's Southeast Regional Headquarters at (573)290-5858.