River Springs Chapter


Trailmaster:      Candace Hale           HC 67 Box 25A, Fremont, MO  63941

Contact:              573-593-4435              horsestail@gmail.com

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Assist. Leader:  Toby Skaggs


Secretary            Ruth Garner

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Saturday, September 30 is National Public Lands Day and the River Springs Chapter will be celebrating at the Lazy C Trailhead!  Come, enjoy the day, and celebrate YOUR Public Lands.  Anyone is welcome, so ask your trail riding buddies and other like-minded friends to join in.
We will be doing a clean up of the campground in the morning, then, depending on the time, have lunch, and then take a trail ride to do light maintenance along the scenic Ozark Trail.  Or, we may ride and have lunch when we come back.  Either way, the chapter and our partners at the Mark Twain National Forest, Doniphan Office, will be providing the fixins’ for sandwiches, chips, utensils and water and ice tea.  Please bring a side dish or desert, as well as a lawn chair and equipment for trail maintenance (hand pruners, hand saws, loppers, gloves, etc.).  We could probably use a few weed trimmers for campground clean up too.
Time:  Meet at the Lazy C Trailhead at 9:30 a.m.
Directions:​  From Winona, take Highway 19 South for 12 miles turning at Lazy C Trailhead sign. From Alton, take Highway 19 North for 11 miles turning at the Lazy C Trailhead sign.
Additional Info:  If you would like to come and camp the Lazy C Trailhead provides trailhead parking, dispersed camping and is designed with the horse user in mind. This is a pack in pack out facility, no trash service is available. Corrals are available on a first come basis. Those using corrals need to clean them after use. No campfires are permitted except at provided fire rings. Tying horses to trees is prohibited. A fence defines the boundary of the trailhead facility.
For additional information, contact your trail boss for this event:  Paula Hull 573-323-8993 or email  crazywaterranch@gmail.com or chapter leader Candace Hale 573-593-4435 or email  horsestale@gmail.com.


National Trails Day, June 3rd

Our chapter has many places to ride on public lands and one of the longest trails in our area is the Ozark Trail.  The Ozark Trail is a multi-purpose trail that begins near St. Louis and in the future will end at the Missouri/Arkansas state line in northwest Arkansas/southwest Missouri.  At present, it is 392 miles long, winding through the Missouri Ozarks with a few uncompleted sections.  When completed, the Ozark Trail will be one continuous trail approximately 700 miles in length.  At the Arkansas state line it will connect to the Ozark Highlands Trail.  The two trails together, from St. Louis, Missouri, including the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas, will be called the Trans-Ozark Trail.

The River Springs Chapter spends more of our work days working on the Ozark Trail than any other public lands trail in our area.  On National Trails Day, we installed picnic tables in the USFS at the Katie Trail Head of the Ozark Trail located on County Road 154 in Oregon County.  The chapter bought the lumber and screws, one member donated the frames, some brought tools and everyone helped.  The US Forest Service donated the concrete and chains for securing the tables to the ground.  This trail head now has hitching posts, 3 picnic tables and a camping area.  We are proud to be part of the building and maintenance of this epic trail.


Several members of the River Springs Chapter have been out riding the local trails at the request of the Mark Twain National Forest, assessing damage from the recent storms and flooding.  Many areas received in excess of 10” of rain over the weekend of April 1-2 causing severe flooding.  Several storms, with strong winds and more rain, followed over the next couple of weeks.


Ruth and Gary Garner rode many miles of the Ozark Trail on the Victory Section, and then the Eleven Point Section, out of the Lazy C Trailhead, where they were joined by fellow chapter members Keith Temple, Paula Hull, Jean Wrightfield-Vail and Trinity Vail.  Ruth and Gary also rode a large portion of the Blue Ridge Trail. Thanks to their GPS abilities and photographs, the Forest Service has a detailed description of what trail problems exist and the exact location



Members of the River Springs Chapter met to install the Show Me MO BCH mounting blocks.  Our chapter received three mounting blocks and they will be installed at Lazy C in Oregon County, the Irish Wilderness, also in Oregon County, and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Shawnee staging area in Shannon County near Eminence, Missouri. The work day pictures are from the Lazy C Campground on April 23rd.  Lazy C is a primitive campground in the Mark Twain National Forest that accesses the Ozark Trail south of Winona, Missouri.


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Working in the Irish Wilderness on Mar 19th.

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Thanks Ruth, Debbie, Jerry, Linda, Barb, Toby and Ed for all the work and support.


River Springs Chapter’s first work day on Feb 20th was a success.




We worked on the Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail south from the HWY 172 Trail Head near Poplar Bluff.



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