COVID has affected the activities of people everywhere and Kemp Lake is no exception. Nearly all the larger group events were cancelled in 2020. However, we handled many smaller fishing and hunting events and in 2021, we are starting to get more larger events back on the calendar! For example, in February, the Missouri Disabled Sportmen and Kemp Lake jointly hosted a large upland bird hunt for 9 mobility-impaired hunters and 12 youth hunters. On July 17th, we plan on a large CAST for Kids event that will have 30 to 40 participants and at least that many caregivers & guardians as well as Kemp Lake volunteers & employees for a grand total of over 100 people in attendance!
To accommodate these groups, the Kemp Foundation has rebuilt an 80 year old cabin that includes an accessible bathroom, created low-gradient sidewalks, established a large stone loading/unloading/meeting area, created new docks with railings, built two 12’ x 12’ “breakaway” fishing docks, several miles of trails (including water crossings), a lot of hunting habitat/foodplots and a lot more. To date, the Kemp Foundation has funded all of this construction activity in order to produce a top-of-the-line facility.
In 2019 and 2020, Kemp Lake had approximately 80 hunting, fishing, birdwatching and ATV events. A number of volunteers have volunteered their time and expertise to help make that happen. So, now we are asking for financial help for the events themselves and the ability to better handle these events and help us empower more people at Kemp Lake.
However, to take it to the next level, we need help with special projects!