New figures show the attendance at Missouri state parks have seen in increase in the last four years, and officials at Mark Twain Lake say even though it is a federal park, they are seeing the same trend.
Suzanne Stillwell is an avid sailor and uses Mark Twain Lake every weekend during sailing season. That's why she chipped in with other volunteers Saturday to help get the park ready for the busy season.
"We come up to the visitors' center for lots of our activities and it's just a really nice facility and we like to support it," said Stillwell.
Stillwell isn't alone in her love for Mark Twain Lake. Park Ranger Ben Sapp said the park has seen a steady increase in visitors in recent years.
"We saw more significantly more I don't know, but there has been in up tick since '08, '08 was such a drop and the last couple of years it has been a steady increase," said Sapp.
Sapp said the decrease of visitors in '08 was because of high waters, and said being in the business of mother nature is always unpredictable and it can have a drastic impact on your attendance each year.
"We live and die by the weather unfortunately, but we think projection wise we think this year will be really good," said Sapp.
Sapp says volunteers like Stillwell are important to make sure that the visitors' center is kept up to par, because many times it is the first impression visitors get while they're there.
"The visitors' center serves as this beacon, the first stop in many people's eyes when they come to Mark Twain Lake and it is a representation of that and the curb appeal and it definitely draws them in," said Sapp.
If you would like to volunteer at the visitors' center either by doing clean-up or as a greeter you are encouraged to call (573) 735-4097.
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