News Release 444

Remake Big Lake’ campaign kicks off

Division of State Parks asks for assistance in rebuilding flooded park

Volume 38-444 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 5, 2010 – Big Lake State Park has been a cornerstone of recreation in northwest Missouri since 1932. It has been a place of great happiness – of anniversaries and family barbecues and afternoons spent fishing. 

But on June 17, 2010, a nearby Missouri River levee gave way and virtually all of the park’s 407 acres were inundated. The waters have receded, but a substantial cleanup and rebuilding effort remains. Initial estimates are that it will cost more than $100,000 to restore the park.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for some help in rebuilding the park and has embarked on a “Remake Big Lake” campaign to raise funds and awareness. Additional information on the campaign, as well as pictures of the park before and after the flood, can be found at

“Farmers lost their crops, families lost their homes and northwest Missouri lost a beautiful place,” said Bill Bryan, Division of State Parks director. “The task ahead of us is large – just buying grass seed and fertilizer for 66 of the park’s 407 acres is going to cost about $20,000. There are plenty of other expenses that go into making a park a place people want to go. We’re asking Missourians – and anyone who has ever had a favorite park – to help us remake Big Lake. There are many ways people can help.”


The two easiest ways to help are:


     The priority for the park is opening the cabins, campground and c-store in time for Labor Day.

Big Lake State Park is located near Craig and averages more than 200,000 visitors a year. Previous to the flood, it had a dining lodge, motel, convenience store and Scout Island.