The Huck Finn, now the property of Iguana Sports of Lake Ozark, is anchored on Iguana property near Thornsberry Road in Lake Ozark. And it's been the focus of some public concern as it sits mostly sunk across the cove from the Lake Ozark Strip.

One of three iconic sightseeing excursion party barges lies half sunken not far from where it greeted passengers for decades at Bagnell Dam.

The Huck Finn, now the property of Iguana Sports of Lake Ozark, is anchored on Iguana property near Thornsberry Road in Lake Ozark. And it's been the focus of some public concern as it sits mostly sunk across the cove from the Lake Ozark Strip.

Many people remember the floating barge as Huckleberry's Restaurant, but it's commonly known as the Huck Finn by locals.

According to published reports, the long-abandoned Huck Finn took on water during a torrential spring storm. It hasn't been in operation for years, and is part of a trio of vessels that entertained and fed visitors for many years near Bagnell Dam.

The others were the Tom Sawyer and the Larry Don. Both have been removed from their original locations along the shoreline at the dam for either possible restoration or to be dismantled and sold for scrap.

David Paisley, general manager at Iguana Sports, said this week that his company is working with the city of Lake Ozark and Ameren Missouri to "aggressively get Huck out of the water and dismantled." He said Iguana, the city and Ameren are working on a feasible plan that all parties can accept.

City Administrator Dave Van Dee noted in a report to the board of aldermen recently that Iguana has made significant progress in getting the adjoining property cleaned up and a plan to deal with the Huck Finn.

According to Van Dee, Iguana had originally considered raising the barge and dragging it on shore for demolition. However, the barge many not be in adequate condition to allow for that plan. It could be this fall before the problem is resolved.

Ameren and Lake Ozark will continue to work with Iguana, Van Dee said.