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story.lead_photo.caption Following an early morning thunderstorm Saturday, June 2, 2018, Missouri River Relief volunteers board boats at Bonnots Mill to pick up trash along the Osage and Missouri rivers in a community-wide, cleanup effort. Photo by Mark Wilson / News Tribune.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation has reopened all MDC river accesses on the lower Osage River from Bagnell Dam to the confluence with the Missouri River near Bonnots Mill.

As river levels have fallen, MDC has reopened public river accesses on the lower Osage River in coordination with the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division's successive reopening of sections of the river to recreational boat traffic, according to a Wednesday news release.

On June 11, MDC reopened accesses from Bagnell Dam to St. Thomas Ferry Access. On June 21, MDC reopened Pikes Camp Access near Wardsville. As of Wednesday, MDC has reopened accesses in the remaining stretch of river from Lock & Dam No. 1 to the confluence with the Missouri River.

The following MDC river accesses are open for public use as of Wednesday: Bagnell Dam Access, Tuscumbia Access, Kings Bluff Access, Osage Tavern Access, Thomas Ferry Access, Pikes Camp Access, Mari-Osa Delta Access and Bonnots Mill Access.

While these accesses are now open, some areas may remain inaccessible due to high water, MDC officials said. Boaters should avoid creating wakes in areas still experiencing high water conditions and be alert for floating debris.

Additional weather resources:

Mid-Missouri forecast, radar

Eastern Missouri river stages

Western Missouri river stages

Corps of Engineers Missouri River basin reports

Ameren's Truman and Bagnall Dam daily report

Missouri state highway road closings

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