Nixon announces 3 new Missouri state parks

6 months 6 days 7 hours ago December 16, 2016 Dec 16, 2016 Friday, December 16 2016 Friday, December 16, 2016 11:11:33 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon said Missouri is adding three new state parks totaling more than 8,000 acres.

Nixon announced the new southern Missouri parks on Friday. They were purchased for about $15 million.

Money came from a settlement with lead mining companies. Some state park funds set aside for land acquisitions also were used for two of the parks.

The largest park is Oregon County's Eleven Point State Park. The more than 4,000-acre park near Alton includes six miles of river frontage.

Bryant Creek State Park is in Douglas County near the Ozark County line. The nearly 3,000-acre park has pine and oak forests and bluffs by Bryant Creek.

Ozark Mountain State Park is northwest of Branson. It's about 1,000 acres and includes grassy ridges and hills known as knobs.

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