St. Louis Public Radio News
10:21 am
Mon April 3, 2006

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park to partially reopen by Memorial Day

St. Louis, MO – State officials plan to reopen Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park by Memorial Day, but swimming and camping will remain off-limits.

Repair crews will still have a lot of clean up to do as the park recovers from damage from last December's dam failure and flood. The reservoir that failed sent more than a billion gallons of water through the park.

Once the park is reopened, visitors will be able to watch restoration work, walk to some of the narrow gorges known as shut-ins and visit the park store. But many restrictions also will be in place.

A large part of the restoration area will be fenced off, hiking will be prohibited in work areas, and shut-ins will be closed to swimmers because debris remains in the pools.