Gates open at Tecumseh park
In response to the pleas of local fisherman who’ve had no easy Norfork Lake access in Missouri during the recent high water, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates at Tecumseh Park Friday for the first time since the historic 2017 flood caused massive damage there, destroying the campground, shoreline and roads. Several months ago, the Corps announced that the roads and boat ramp in the park will be repaired by 2020 but the campground will not reopen. Corps spokesperson Laurie Driver said Friday that Alan Griffin, deputy operations manager in the Corps’ Mountain Home (Arkansas) project office, visited Tecumseh park Thursday, and in consultation with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division officer and local authorities, decided to open the gates “so people have access to the boat-launch ramp,” Driver said, adding that the gates will probably stay open while the high water continues, as long as parking along the shoulders of Highway 160 adjoining the Tecumseh Bridge does not create a safety concern. No day-use fees are being charged, she said.