A weekend venture to a well-known overlook of Lake of the Ozarks turned into a disappointing lesson in humanity and their lack of respect for their environment and others property rights

 



A weekend venture to a well-known overlook of Lake of the Ozarks turned into a disappointing lesson in humanity and their lack of respect for their environment and others property rights.
Mark McBride, of Springfield, Ill.,  and his family have owned a home at the 31-mile marker for 35 years. Never before had he ventured to nearby Lover’s Leap and trespassed to enjoy the view from what is considered to be one of the most breathtaking vistas of the lake.
What he found was disappointing. Trash and debris littered the privately owned property. Trespassers had left behind a veritable garbage heap of junk, foam, discarded drink containers dumped over the side of the bluff creating an unsightly mess.
McBride said he couldn’t believe the mess.
He plans to go back later this spring to see if he and his family can lend a hand cleaning up some of the garbage that hasn’t been shoved over the bluff.
The trash has scattered down the side of the bluff. Some of the debris is nearly impossible to get to because of the terrain.
The bluff is along a well-traveled route used by boaters going to the marina and to Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
It is an ongoing problem at Lover’s Leap with illegal dumping and partiers leaving behind messes. Last spring, a similar mess was discovered.
During the annual Adopt-the-Shoreline program, AmerenUE and volunteers from Lake of the Ozarks Marina filled a 30-yard dumpster and hauled off several loads of discarded dock foam for recycling.
Many say the view from the Lover’s Leap at the confluence of the Niangua and Osage arms is one of the most scenic anywhere on the lake.
Although it is private property, many come to enjoy the view. The owner has been tolerant of visitors, anxious to allow people the chance to enjoy the view.


Contact this reporter at joyce.miller@lakesunonline.com