A great place to vacation

Thursday, June 5, 2008

This spring, the Cassville Democrat published several front page news stories detailing the high lake levels on Table Rock Lake. In May, the lake reached an historic high and it was reported that a number of area boat docks and lakeside camping areas were having to shutdown operations temporarily until the rising lake levels started to recede. This coverage culminated with a front page photo showing the lake level rising to within five feet of the Central Crossing Bridge in Shell Knob.

As a result of our local press coverage, plus all the coverage provided by regional TV stations and other news outlets, it appears as if local tourism numbers may have been negatively affected by the stories of flooding and high lake levels. In this week's editorial, we want to let our readers know that area boat docks are open and ready for your business as are other lake area restaurants, motels and recreational destinations. Currently, lake levels are at 929 feet, and by July 15, the Table Rock Lake is expected to reach normal levels at 917 feet.

A good portion of Barry County's economic vitality relies on tourism. It's essential that we make sure those who want to visit our area for some rest and relaxation know we're ready to meet all their vacation needs. Especially in this time of high gas prices, Table Rock Lake and Roaring River State Park offer perfect places to vacation closer to home. If you have family or friends, why not tell them to spend a week or two in the beautiful Barry County Ozarks. They'll find a tranquil place to relax and escape from the daily grind, all at affordable prices.

There's a lot of summer left and we'd like to see all of our area hotels, motels and campsites full of visitors. It's a perfect time to explore all Missouri has to offer, and in southwest Missouri, Barry County provides vacationers with plenty of choices. This is a gorgeous part of the state and we all need to make sure others know about it, especially during our prime tourism season. If you need a suggestion of a place to stay or a site to visit, call our office and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction.