Ozarks oasis is less secluded, but still beautiful with trout

Sep 3 2012 - 5:53pm

LAMPE, Mo. - For 20 years I'd remembered it as one of the most beautiful and pristine places I'd seen in the Ozarks.

When I returned this summer after the two-decade absence, things had changed at Dogwood Canyon.

The mouth of the valley I'd remembered as dense woodlands was coated in a broad parking lot of concrete.

A fleet of bicycles, Segways and trams were ready to take scores of people along a long paved path.

I was first there in about 1991, not long after Bass Pro's Johnny Morris bought the valley near his Big Cedar Lodge south of Branson. His P.R. person insisted I take a day away from another assignment, to see what he termed the "Yellowstone of the Ozarks."

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