Low water levels at Tower Rock; road closed

Road leading to Tower Rock closed due to construction.
Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 2:02 PM CDT
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PERRY COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The water level on the Mississippi River is low enough at Tower Rock for people to walk across and visit the landmark.

However, according to Perry County Presiding Commissioner Mike Sauer, the road to Tower Rock, County Road 460, is closed due to pipeline construction. Roads will reopen when construction is finished.

The 400-million-year-old rock is usually only accessible by boat.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the roughly 32-acre natural area is comprised of upland oak-pine and mixed hardwoods. It features a vertical geologic formation known as “Tower Rock” in the river channel.

The area was designated a Natural Area in 1972 and bought by MDC in 1973.

A look at the low river level and Tower Rock in Perry County, Mo. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.