Help Build the Berm Shelter!

Your donations will help us construct a new picnic shelter to provide our community with a safe place to gather, fish and enjoy the outdoors!

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Project Overview

Our goal is to construct a picnic shelter on the berm that partially surrounds the recently restored rearing pond at Kellogg Lake. With the clearing of the dead trees, old fencing and concrete debris from the berm, this is becoming one of the most popular fishing spots on the lake, to humans and waterfowl alike.

For some Carthage residents, fishing offers a vital component of their daily nutriional needs. and to others, it may be the only recreational opportunity they can afford.

It is an excellent gathering place for families to bring their children to an easily accessible fishing location - except for the lack of any shelter or picnic tables available. It is our hope to make this spot more convenient and user friendly to all whether they come for fishing, family reunions or soul-restoring solitude. Watching a heron silhouted against the setting sun can be immensely life-affirming.

The mission of Kellogg Lake Nature Center & Preserve since its founding in 2001 has been to find ways to enhance the lake area's natural resources for the benefit of all residents. Projects like this are another step toward fulfilling that purpose. We appreciate your help!



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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