Table Rock Master Plan Revision
LINKS: 1976 TABLE ROCK MASTER PLAN (3 Parts) (1) 1976 Table Rock Master Plan Supplements; (2) 1976 Table Rock Master Plan Main Text; (3) 1976 Table Rock Master Plan Plates (Maps)
Preliminary Draft and Plates for Table Rock Master Plan
Preliminary Draft Table Rock Master Plan
Corps Owned and Corps Leased Park Maps
No Change/No Action Alternative Maps
Proposed Alternative Maps
Conservative Alternative Maps
Extreme Development Alternative Maps
Table Rock Master Plan Scoping Report (3 Parts)
Table Rock Master Plan Scoping Report - Final Report and Appendices A-E
Table Rock Master Plan Scoping Report - Appendix F : Public Comments
Table Rock Master Plan Scoping Report - Appendices G-H: Workshop Materials, Agency Comments and Media Coverage
Table Rock Lake FAQs on Moratorium
November/December 2012 Scoping Workshop Comment Card
Public Meeting Information The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, plans to revise the Table Rock Lake Master Plan. The Master Plan guides the classification and management of government-owned and leased lands around the lake and may affect future recreational opportunities and natural resource management. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) an Environmental Assessment of potential impacts of the draft plan will also be prepared.
Attend one of the three public scoping meetings to learn the details of the master planning process and provide your input to the master plan vision for future land use and management along the shorelines of Table Rock Lake. Your input will help define the Table Rock Lake Master Plan Update scheduled for public review in the summer of 2013.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Reeds Spring High School
20277 State Hwy 413, Reeds Spring, MO
Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Shell Knob Elementary School
24400 State Hwy 39, Shell Knob, MO
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dewey Short Visitor’s Center
4500 State Hwy 165, Branson, MO
All facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
Comments may be submitted via mail, email, fax or the project website with attention to: Dana Coburn, Chief, Environmental Branch, Planning and Environmental, USACE, Little Rock District, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, AR 72203. Fax: (501) 324-5605,
Website: Table Rock Master Plan Revision
Written comments regarding scoping for the Master Plan revision must be postmarked, e-mailed, faxed, or otherwise submitted by December 14, 2012.
The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, is revising the Table Rock Lake Master Plan. The Master Plan guides the management of the government lands around the edge of the lake. The Master Plan affects future management of natural resources and recreational opportunities to ensure the sustainability of Table Rock Lake.
The Master Plan revision will set the stage for a later update of the Shoreline Management Plan, which is how the vision of the Master Plan is implemented. This is your opportunity to let USACE know how you would like the lake to be managed for the future.
The planning process will include an analysis of potential effects on the natural and social environment, including fish and wildlife, recreational opportunities, economics, land use, cultural and historic resources, aesthetics, and public health and safety.
About Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake is a man-made lake or reservoir located in southwest Missouri and portions of northwestern Arkansas and was formed in 1958 by construction of a dam on the White River near Branson, MO. The lake is about 43,000 acres in size with over 745 miles of shoreline. The lake provides many recreational opportunities, fish and wildlife habitat, and is a popular location for vacation and retirement homes.
During periods of high water events and flooding, Table Rock Lake is operated in conjunction with other lakes in the basin to prevent damage along the White and lower Mississippi Rivers. The dam also generates hydropower electricity.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is the guidance document that describes how the resources of the lake will be managed in the future. The Master Plan provides the vision for how the lake should look in the future. The Master Plan does not address the details of how and where shoreline use permits may be issued, however, it does set the stage for implementation of the shoreline management program. After the Master Plan is revised, the Shoreline Management Plan would be revised to be consistent with the goals identified in the Master Plan when funding becomes available.
Development of the revised Master Plan will include consideration of:
• Regional and ecosystem needs
• Project resource capabilities and suitability for various purposes
• Public interests and desires
The Table Rock Lake Master Plan Update main objectives are:
• To make maximum use of the resources of the lake within the current policies and guidelines of the Corps of Engineers
• Accommodate current and projected use patterns with maximum efficiency
• Identify and protect cultural and natural resources
• To attract maximum participation by the general public and local government in project development management.
Why Revise the Table Rock Lake Master Plan?
The current Table Rock Lake Master Plan was developed over 30 years ago and original estimates of future population and land use do not align with current demographics. For example, the current Master Plan estimated that the lake would see approximately 20 million visitors annually by the year 2020; however, current visitation is already at 40 to 50 million visitors annually for recreational activities. The Master Plan revision will classify the government lands around the lake based on environmental and socioeconomic considerations, public input, and an evaluation of past, present, and forecasted trends.
Lands may be classified into one of these categories:
• Project Operations: lands required for the dam, spillway, offices, and other areas used solely for the operation of the reservoir.
• High Density Recreation: lands acquired for project operations and designated for use as parks or other areas for intensive recreational activities by the visiting public. Private floating facilities would not be allowed in these areas.
• Environmentally Sensitive Areas: lands designated for areas where scientific, ecological, cultural, or aesthetic features have been identified. These areas are managed to protect their environmental resources.
• Multiple Resource Management Lands: This classification allows for the designation of a predominant use with the understanding that other compatible uses may also occur on these lands, these additional uses may include:
• Low Density Recreation: lands classified for use for activities such as hiking trails, primitive camping, limited lake access points, and other similar low density activities by the visiting public. Private floating facilities may be permitted in these areas in accordance with the lake Shoreline Management Plan
• Wildlife Management: lands allocated as habitat for fish and wildlife, and are generally open for hunting and fishing.
• Future/Inactive Recreation Areas: Lands intended for recreation, but which were never developed or have been closed.
• Vegetative Management: Lands designated for stewardship of forest, prairie, and other native vegetative cover.
• Water Surface: For those projects that administer a surface water zoning program, this will be included in the Master Plan revision process.
• Restricted: Water areas restricted for project operations, safety, and security purposes.
• Designated No-Wake: To protect environmentally sensitive shoreline areas, recreational water access areas from disturbance, and for public safety.
• Fish and Wildlife Sanctuary: Annual or seasonal restrictions on areas to protect fish and wildlife species during periods of migrations, resting, feeding, nesting, and/or spawning.
• Open Recreation: Those waters available for year round or seasonal water-based recreational use.
These land classifications are established in the Master Plan and will guide the future update to the Shoreline Management Plan, which implements the Master Plan and provides the policies under which shoreline use permits may be issued for boat docks and/or shoreline vegetation modification.