News Release 368
Jones-Confluence Point State Park is temporarily closed
Volume 37-368 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., OCT. 6, 2009 -- The Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park near West Alton is temporarily closed because of work on an area pipeline project. The park, operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, was closed Oct. 6 and is expected to reopen Saturday, Oct. 10.
A pipeline is being bored under the Mississippi River from the Illinois side to the Missouri side and is going through the park. An obstacle has developed within the pipe under the river. Air pressure is being forced through the pipe in an effort to unblock the obstacle. The pipe exit is near the park road so the park is being closed as a precaution to ensure the safety of visitors as the obstacle is being removed.
The 1,121-acre park includes the confluence of two of the greatest rivers in the nation -- the Missouri and the Mississippi. Interpretation about the rivers and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is available at the park, which is located on Riverlands Way in St. Charles County.
For more information about the park, call the department toll free at 800-334-6946 or visit the website at mostateparks.com.