Help Us Build the Berm Bridge

MAKE THE CONNECTION! This is your Kellogg Lake and Park. THE BERM BRIDGE is the Phase IV of the Berm Projects. It is the connecting bridge to the NEW Berm Shelter and Picnic Table s, completing the restoration of the old rearing pond and the Berm Shelter Project, (Phase III) of 2019.

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Project Overview

The Berm Project - Kellogg Lake Nature Center & Preserve

The Berm Bridge is a 5' X 30' weathered wooden bridge, complete with posts and handrails on both sides. It has a slight incline tapering on both ends to the level ground, giving it visual attractiveness. The Berm Bridge will add to the appeal and connect with the restored rearing pond and the Berm Shelter and Picnic Tables (Phase III).

The Kellogg Lake Nature Center & Preserve is a nonprofit organization, made up of all volunteer members and board. We work with the City of Carthage Parks Department and the Missouri Department of Conservation to develop improvment plans and maintain the park/lake for all the members our our community.

Working with local foundations, businesses, supportive organizations and individual donations, we are dedicated to improving and encouraging our residents to explore the beauty of nature. In the last 17 years, we have provided maintenance and new elements to the park/lake, valued at over $200,000.  

Past Improvements to Kellogg Lake/Park: Built a large Fishing Pavillion, Nature Trails, Post/Cable system, Parking Aeas, Planted over 300 Shrubs and Trees, Installed 6 Safety Gates, Restored the Old Rearing Pond and Built a Berm Shelter with Picnic Tables. 

Our Current and On-Going Project: The Funding of Dr. David Penning and an 8 Person team from MSSU to further study and document inhabitant species. They are studying the different species at the park, including the discovery of two very rare species, the Stinkpot Turtle and Graham's Crayfish Snake. Both of these species have not been seen in Jasper County since the early 1900's.

Future Planned Improvements: Public Bathrooms (co-sponsored with the City of Carthage), Playground equipment and area constructed from recycled and environmentally stable materials, Enlarging the pathways along the river and refurbishing the Outdoor "Nature Observation" area for everyone to have an opportunity to observe, learn and enjoy the natural beauty of the Park/Lake.

The Year 2020 has been a paricularly challenging year for everyone because of the advent of Coronavirus.  Kellogg Lake, in the past has relied on 3 Fund Raising Events; May-Give Carthage Event, June-Kid's Fishing Day, July-The Paddle Battle, donations from private individuals and estates and generous Grants through Ozark Community Fund. None of these things were possible this year.

Bridges have always symbolized places and more importantly to people. Please help us keep our connection to you and your families. Please Donate and Help us Build THE BERM BRIDGE.

Thank you for your help,

The Kellogg Lake Nature Center & Preserve






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About Kellogg Lake Nature Center and Preserve  

The Kellogg Lake group works cooperatively with the city parks department and the Missouri Department of Conservation to develop and maintain the park/lake area to meet appropriate needs of the community, including education, entertainment, cultural, economic and recreational uses.

Working with local foundations, businesses and supportive civic organizations, we hold an annual Kids Fishing Day that has grown to become the third largest in the state. We look for ways to improve Kellogg Lake Park that recognize this important asset to our city, the well-being of its residents, and encourage nature conservation in Southwest Missouri. To that end, over the 17 years we have been in existence, we have provided improvements valued at more than $200,000. 

These have included a large fishing pavilion, nature trails, a post and cable system, convenient, small parking areas, a DOC TRIM grant to plant 72 trees, built picnic tables, held bike-safety clinics, an educational session by a representaive from "Wild Kingdom," a fountain to help aerate the lake, a large limestone marker identifying the park (its founding and its location on historic Route 66), backing legislation banning glass bottles and requiring vehicles to drive only on roadways, and supervised community service workers doing park clean-up.

Our most recent effort involved restoring an old rearing pond area (surrounded by dead trees and brush and stagnated each summer), and connecting it to the lake to provide more accessible fishing options.Also in March, we planted 130 tree and shrub saplings as a hedge against the loss of 25 trees the parks department says must be cut down this summer because of age or disease.

First appointed in 2001 by then Mayor Kenneth Johnson as an ad hoc committee to improve the lake/park experience for Carthage residents, the Kellogg Lake group transitioned to a non-profit 501 (3) (C) organization in 2002, and has been working toward that goal ever since. 

Kellogg Lake Nature Center and Preserve  

Carthage, Mo., Missouri