May 18, 2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  We wanted to provide updates on what we know as of today so that everyone can make preparations for their summer plans.  First of all, our businesses are re-opening following the CDC, Governor and city guidelines that have been put into place.  We would ask that if you visit – please also following the social distancing guidelines and if you are a high risk individual – to please protect yourself or stay at home.  We will be here when you are ready and feel comfortable visiting.

The Army Corp of Engineers managed boat ramps, campgrounds and beaches published this document late last week and we wanted to share it with you.  Please note that things can change so this is as we have been made aware.  Please visit their website for up-to-date information.

MO State Parks announced late last week that they will be re-opening their parks beginning today, May 18th for existing reservations, which includes Truman State Park.

New reservations will be accepted on Monday, May 18, for arrival dates beginning Tuesday, May 26.

Missouri State Parks will be instituting a number of changes related to campground operations to better facilitate appropriate social distancing and improve the safety of operations for Missouri State Parks’ guests and staff. These include:

🌱 Reservations will be required prior to arrival.
🌱 Campground occupancy will be limited at some parks and sites.
🌱 Missouri State Parks will increase the frequency of cleaning shower houses and restrooms.
🌱 Campers will use a new contactless, self-check-in feature.
🌱 There will be occupancy restrictions in shower houses and restrooms.
🌱 Missouri State Parks will only accept credit and debit cards.

To learn more, view their full release here: https://dnr.mo.gov/…/u…/9a857e94-932b-4356-b024-d9ee8284b987

For more information on self check-in, visit: https://mostateparks.com/self-check-in.

To view MO State Parks list of frequently asked questions, visit: https://mostateparks.com/resfaq

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Enjoy Life.

Your friends at Benton County Tourism & Recreation

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April 9, 2020

We know this is a trying time for our tourism partners and businesses that are effected by the COVID-19.  At this time, we want to provide helpful links to resources and statistics:

If we can be of assistance in any way – please contact us at lstokes@visitbentoncomo.com or call 660-438-2090.

Take care,

Lynette Stokes
Executive Director

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April 6, 2020

In light of the new ordinances in place Friday by the City, County and State, I am attaching the following documents so that all documents are in one place for businesses, residents and tourists:

Things seem to change on an hourly basis and we are trying to keep up and inform you all of what we know so that you can make well-informed decisions.

Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks:
Drake Harbor closed the city ramps on Friday.  Rick’s Oar House ramp is public use with a minimal fee.  Kolb’s Lakeside Resort and Buck Naked Marina both have public boat ramps with courtesy docks and a minimal fee to launch.  .

Truman Lake:
Corp managed ramps are open but there are no courtesy docks except for on privately owned businesses (State Park Marina, Osage Bluff and Sterett Creek).  State Park Marina has no fee to access.  Sterett Creek has a minimal fee and Osage Bluff has a minimal fee to use the ramp.  Sterett Creek and State Park Marinas are open at this time and Osage Bluff Marina has a number posted for people to contact them if they need anything with a 5-10 minute response time.

Note:  The above information is as accurate as possible and does change frequently and subject to change without notice.  Please contact each business for up-to-date information.

24 hour COVID-19 hotline: 1-877-435-8411

Bothwell has an online screening process for the Corona Virus here.

Novel Corona Virus Fact Sheet

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has information about COVID-19 right here.

The state of Missouri is keeping up to date information about the COVID-19 outbreak here:

For small businesses affected by this outbreak, click here for information.

Take care and be safe and healthy.

Lynette Stokes, Executive Director
Benton County Tourism & Recreation

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Our focus during this time is on the health and safety of our community and friends locally and around the world.  For more information on COVID-19 can be found at the WHO and CDC websites.

The Benton County Health Department published this notice with regards to requirements of businesses within our county.

Please follow the Benton County health department’s Facebook page for current information or their website.

This time is extremely stressful and anxiety can set in.  It is important for you to engage in safe activities with your family.  Take time each day for fresh air by sitting on your porch or deck, taking a stroll around your neighborhood, hiking or biking or by taking a scenic drive around the Lakes while utilizing social distancing.

Stores and restaurants have been instituting options for services and goods to avoid community gathering. Please support our local businesses that remain open and provide food and goods to their consumers.  For a list of restaurant delivery and take-out options in Benton County please click here.  Please note that this is not a complete list and is subject to change at any time.  Call directly to each business for a current update.

Previously promoted events should be considered postponed.  If you have a question contact the organizer/planning entity directly.  Organizers will announce at a later time if they will reschedule their event.  Be sure to follow our Facebook page or website for updated information.

Travel should be limited to emergencies or necessity for supplies.  If you find yourself in need of overnight accommodations please contact the lodge directly. Check with the property regarding their written policy on their required standards to ensure a clean environment for your stay.   More information.

We ask that you remain calm and follow all preventative measures and procedures if you become ill, as recommended by the CDC.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 660.438.2090, email me at lstokes@visitbentoncomo.com or contact us through our Facebook Page.

Be safe and praying that this passes quickly and everyone stays healthy.

Lynette Stokes, Executive Director