Missouri River Recreation Economic Analysis

by Ronald C. Roberts, U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Omaha, United States,
R. Scott Jackson, U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Omaha, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


The Missouri River main stem lakes and downstream river reaches encompass about 1900 river miles from the mouth at St. Louis, Missouri, to the headwaters of Fort Peck Lake in Montana. Recreation activities represent a significant use of the river and lake system. The current operating plan calls for pool drawdown during drought periods to continue navigation service flows in the downstream river reaches. Declining pools limit recreation access and impact fisheries. Alternative operating plans require higher permanent pools during drought periods, and diminished releases downstream. The result is greater recreation benefits in the lakes, at the expense of recreation losses in the open river reaches.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Water-based recreation | Economic factors | Lakes | Droughts | Recreation | Fish and fishery management | Water resources | Missouri River | United States | Missouri | Montana

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