MCDONALD COUNTY, MO.--- Workers at Shady Beach say some residents reserve camping spots on Elk River a year in advance. This year campgrounds are having to do things differently due to low water levels. Workers are having to bus floaters farther up river, so they can avoid areas where it is almost impossible for canoes and rafts to pass. Residents say they are having to get in the water and drag their floating devices more that ever. Officials at Shady Beach say if the dry conditions continue, they could have a serious problem.
"Some people aren't going to go because they are just scared they are going to have to drag that canoe the whole way and I don't blame them but we change our floats around so people can still have a good float," says Leon Adamson, Co-owner of Shady Beach.
Shady Beach owners say they will continue to take campers wherever the water is the highest. They estimate the water is down between 1 and 2 feet, compared to normal summers. Floaters are hoping for rain because creek activities are something they look forward to all year.