“Some folks say there ain’t no bears in Arkansas,
Some folks never seen a bear at all.”
~ Lyle Lovett
On June 2, 2012, we took The Little Teardrop to Aunt’s Creek Campground, in Kimberling City, Missouri. Aunt’s Creek is a Corps of Engineers campground on the shores of Tablerock Lake, operated by Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation.
The campground map will show two loops… Sites 1-31 in one loop, and Sites 32-56 in the second loop. Fees range from $16 a night (non-electric) to $20 a night (electric). Water is not available at the sites… there are conveniently located water spickets, throughout the park.The second loop seems to be more wooded, secluded and “roomy” than the first loop. Most of the sites in this loop have wooden barriers and steps. These sites are not as close to the lake, however. This is the loop we always choose… we stayed in Site #41, this time.The first loop is more open and grassy, with more of a “backyard feel”. The lake is visible and is a very short distance from these sites. Both loops are nice… it just depends on your particular site preferences.
We set-up camp on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the Campground Hosts asked us if we had seen the bear. Nooooooooooo… we had not seen “the bear”. Well, it seems that a black bear had been spotted somewhere around Site #29. That was the first time he/she was seen. However, there had been some damage to the dumpster the Thursday night before that, and they thought raccoons had done it. After the bear was seen on Saturday night, they suspected he/she was the one that caused that damage. The bear was seen again, on Sunday night. The Rangers came out and had a “Bear Meeting” and put up a sign, on the Gate House Wall.
There is a playground and there are boat launch areas, along with a swim beach… and lots of coast line that is not considered “swim beach”, for those of us with dogs. Dogs are not allowed on the swim beach.
All and all, I would say that this campground is one of our local favorites. I would definitely recommend it. We have been there several times, in years past. In fact, this was the first place we camped, with The Little Teardrop. My only problem with this campground, is the bath house facilities. One full bath house was removed, after it was completely flooded a couple of years ago. That left only one full bath-house… and it is an older bath house that could certainly use some renovations. There is another one with vault toilets only (which I refuse to use).