Characterization of Park Visitors, Visitation Levels, and Associated Economic Impacts of Recreation at Bull Shoals, Norfork, and Table Rock Lakes
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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Planning for future needs of recreation visitors presents many challenges at federal lakes that have a mix of public federal, state, and local and private recreation providers, and where ongoing regional growth and other trends are influencing visitor number and activities. Under these circumstances, a periodic assessment of lake recreation is often used to document current recreational patterns and identify ongoing and emerging trends that could or should influence recreation planning and investment decisions. This study provides a broadly scoped examination of park-based recreation at Bull Shoals, Norfork, and Table Rock Lakes, so that present and emerging recreation needs can be included in the broader planning efforts for the upper White River watershed of Arkansas and Missouri. This study was based on survey data collected from recreation visitors and other current data collected by lake managers as part of their visitor monitoring programs. This report provides estimates of annual visitor use levels, profiles of visitor spending, and the economic impact of visitor spending on the region surrounding the lakes. The report also examines visitor recreation patterns, visitor perceptions of lake and park attributes that affect the recreational experience, and visitor-perceived trends on the lakes and in the parks, and the impact of these trends on the park visitors who recreate on these lakes.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Engineering