Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, LOWA, Project Manager Caroline Toole  gave a presentation Thursday, March 13 at the Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton about the benefits of installing riprap on shoreline property. According to Toole, riprap can protect and improve the water quality of the Lake of the Ozarks while protecting shoreline property investment.
Riprap, explained Toole, does this by reducing the amount of soil erosion occurring on the shoreline. Not every shoreline needs riprap, but where a shoreline is eroding, properly placed riprap can help stop that erosion.

Water quality
According to Toole, eroding soil brings sediments and nutrients into the water. Nutrients are plant food and the plants in the water are the algae. The lake water needs “some” algae for the whole food chain to grow the Lake’s large game fish, one of the Lakes most popular and living tourist attractions. However, too many nutrients, can grow too much algae, which can possibly lead to “algae blooms” causing fish kills; so controlling soil erosion is very important in maintaining a good balance and a healthy lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks is clean
“Currently, the Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful, healthy, and clean Lake. We can all continue to work together, and do the right things to preserve this beautiful natural resource,” Toole said.
The presentation was given at the Kayak and canoe launch in the Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Mark McDonald of Rock Works Riprap, who donated materials and installation for riprap steps at the launch, explained part of the physical aspects of installing large limestone blocks and riprap together.

Easy steps for entering the lake
One side of the kayak launch features steps and seating blocks for easy lake access, and the other side of the steps has a kayak and canoe launch rail to assist paddlers in getting their kayaks in and out of the water.  

Kayak meet-ups every Saturday
LOWA’s Paddle Club has a Kayak Meet Up 8:30 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of every month, May through September. The next meet-up will be at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 10. Kayak Meet Ups are free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity for novice kayakers to try out a kayak in the safety of the quiet Ha Ha Tonka Cove, and for experienced kayakers to meet and enjoy the cove’s beauty. Kayaks are available for those who don’t have one.  
A dedication for the Kayak launch, riprap demonstration site, is scheduled 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14 at the launch site in the Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
For more information on this riprap demonstration site, about low-impact landscapes (LOWA LILs), or about any of LOWA’s many projects or events, visit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.