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Jay Nixon State Park

Postby Big Jim Mac » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:16 am

DNR has made it official with a press release here: http://dnr.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/48 ... 6f5cb8cf72

Missouri's 92nd state park is accessible only from the Ozark Trail near Taum Sauk. Includes a mountain lake so maybe i can finally try out my pack rod.

More here: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt ... user-share
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby steve l » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:51 pm

Any guesses where at anyone? A 64 acre lake in the general area of Taum Sauk and the shut-ins accessible only via the Ozark Trail would seem to be findable on satellite pics, but nothing leapt out at me.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby Big Jim Mac » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:06 am

I was told you hike the OT until somewhere past the Devil's Tollgate. It will be marked soon.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby kconafly » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:34 pm

Try these coordinates 37.5930, -90.7779 WGS 94. That may be the lake they are refering to.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby steve l » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:29 pm

Thanks for the reply. Seems to be about the only lake of size that is in the area. Only thing that gives me pause is it does have road access. Perhaps it won't when all is said & done? Would be pretty cool to have a lake that's accessible only on foot.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby ronin » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:20 am

steve l wrote:Thanks for the reply. Seems to be about the only lake of size that is in the area. Only thing that gives me pause is it does have road access. Perhaps it won't when all is said & done? Would be pretty cool to have a lake that's accessible only on foot.


The road access may only be for maintenance right now. It appears from the satellite imagery that it crosses the east fork of the Black River @ 37°36'11.19"N, 90°47'2.10"W. It was mentioned that a public road would be built in the future in addition to other amenities.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby ronin » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:22 am

My son and I are planning on hiking from Taum Sauk to the new state park this weekend. If we find the trail I will try to post the gps track for others to use.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby MWBP_matt » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:53 am

The lake at 37.5930, -90.7779 sits right on the border of Renolds County (less than .5 mile west of the line). I found an article on a local news site with a few more details than most are reporting:

http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/state-s-newest-park-has-bloody-past/article_f022929d-8596-5107-b7b2-1d016a8afb03.html

Hennessey owned a 1,200 acre tract on Proffitt Mountain approximately eight miles south of State Highway 21 on Route N.


It’s said the park will only be accessible by the Ozark Trail. The only road leading into the property is hard to maintain due to the rugged terrain and soil found there.


It looks like somewhere near the Route N "access" they put up a sign as well.

http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/new-state-park-upsets-local-lawmakers/article_48d4a672-9e88-5856-9476-29b2500639e6.html

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Curious to see if you find a marked trail @ronin . On the topo maps there is an old logging road as well as a power line right-of-way near the OT that you could bushwhack along to get you really close to the lake (assuming they don't cross private land).
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby steve l » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:51 pm

Thanks for the update MWBP...
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby ronin » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:53 pm

We weren't able to find a trail off the OT, if there is one. We ended up following the powerline easement and following a log road on the east side of the lake. The road goes down past the dam and back around to the lake on the east side. The lake seems pretty nice and was fairly clear. It doesn't appear like there's been any work done by the dnr though. It must be accessible from the road as there were tire tracks in the mud and a bunch of trash near the lake. We took a much more direct route through the woods back to Taum Sauk to save a few miles.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby jgoelleraka930 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:26 pm

My wife and I backpacked to the lake this weekend. We started at the Taum Sauk Trailhead and then went off trail following the creek at mile 24.5 through the valley, over the ridge, and following the creek on the north side of the opposite valley to the lake. The lake itself is very pretty and was fun to camp near. We didn't get to explore much on Sunday, but I plan to go back soon. We did hear another couple camping by the lake on Saturday night and talked to a couple hikers that were going to the lake while hiking out on Sunday. Overall, the lake is not difficult to find if you study a map and is definitely worth the trip.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby MWBP_matt » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:03 pm

If the noise was coming from the southwest side of the lake that was my group. We didn't know anyone else was there. I hope we didn't keep you up. How was the hike from the 24.5 mile marker? We got into a lot of dense new growth and what looked like tornado damage coming from 23.5.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby kconafly » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:20 pm

Does the lake look like you could fish it from the bank with a fly rod? Might be a nice place to pack in a float tube and enjoy a day of fishing.
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Re: Jay Nixon State Park

Postby jgoelleraka930 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:34 pm

@ MWBP_matt, yes, we camped a cove away and barely heard you; we mostly smelled your smoke. The hike wasn't too bad from 24.5 and really easy to navigate since it was up one valley and down the next. It was overgrown and there were a couple bad blow downs. The only place that fly fishing would be possible would be on the dam. Most of the lake has very thick bushes along the shore making fishing very difficult without a small boat or kayak.
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