PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Kemp Lake is a 215-acre farm and game preserve near Leasburg, Missouri with the primary goal of empowering and educating disadvantaged people to experience the outdoors in ways they normally couldn’t otherwise. In short, its a place where they can come and have fun!
Jefferson Barracks Spinal Injury Service
HOW WE SERVE
A disabled veteran might deer hunt like he had before his injury. A stroke survivor fish again for the first time in decades. A home-bound, limited-mobility elderly person take a guided bird-watching excursion through the woods. An intellectually-challenged child discovers the fun of a hayride.
Organized activities for participants at Kemp Lake are managed by volunteers. They include:
Events for individuals or groups (usually nonprofits)
Guided fishing (bass, bluegill & crappie)
Guided hunting (deer, turkey, quail & pheasant)
Guided bird-watching excursions
Guided exploration in electric vehicles
Kemp Lake Game Preserve is a unique environment that has been thoughtfully planned and built to allow disabled and handicapped individuals a complete outdoor experience. If you think you or someone you know might make a good participant, please complete the appropriate form here.
Volunteers can find it a very rewarding and fun experience to help participants in activities at Kemp Lake. If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete the form here.
We had 40+ events that helped over 100 participants in 2019.
We plan to more than DOUBLE that figure in 2020.
FALLEN OUTDOORS VETERAN GROUP
Sunday, September 1st, the Fallen Outdoors group came out for a dove hunt/fishing/birdwatching extravaganza. The main organizer was star guide Derek “the man” McCulloch. Besides organizing the event, he cooked fish, potatoes and venison for everybody!
Around 35 doves were harvested by the participants who hit the migration just right. 4 days either way and the number would have been a lot less! Derek, Mark Lang and young Freddie Kemp managed the hunt.
A lot of fish were caught by the vets, too, thanks to famed Lake of the Ozarks (#1) guide, Jack Uxa and young Freddie. Jack had killer crappie spider rigs coupled with unbelievable Garmin electronics - the fish didn’t have a chance!
MDC brought out two track chairs for the vets and bagged a few birds, too. “Turkey Tom” Parmeter did his birdwatching tours around the property.
A STROKE SURVIVOR GROUP
"The weather was perfect, the food was great...thank you to Kemp Lake for hosting some of our stroke survivors again this year. Fred and Mary Kemp have created a beautiful, peaceful place where people who thought they may never hunt or fish again can go and do just that. It was great...beautiful trails, a lake where there is a remote-controlled dock that takes you right out there...accessible!!!!"
- Kathleen Howard, President, ABC Brigade
Dane Horine - in addition to dealing with muscular dystrophy for over 10 years - has been trying to get a turkey for the last 3.
After his first trip to Kemp lake and a rogue dog chasing away a gobbler running right to him (you can’t make this stuff up) a second trip in May 1st was uber successful!
Guide Derek McCulloch called in 2 birds and determined Dane nailed one. What a day - way to go Dane!