Who We Serve
Who We Serve
Kemp Lake has the primary goal of empowering and educating disadvantaged people to experience the outdoors in ways they normally couldn’t otherwise. This can apply to a multitude of people! The groups we have served before include, but certainly aren't limited to:
And their families
- Burn Victims
- Blind/visually impaired people
- People with down-syndrome
- ALS patients
- Life-threatening Illness patients
Participants can be any age and any experience level and there is no cost to them! Contact us to learn more.
How We Serve
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. We host events for individuals, groups, and non-profits. Our events can include:
Guided fishing (bass, bluegill & crappie)
Guided hunting (deer, turkey, quail & pheasant)
Guided bird-watching excursions
Guided exploration in electric vehicles
These events empower our visitors to fully enjoy nature.
A disabled veteran might deer hunt like he did before his injury. A home-bound, limited-mobility elderly person might take a guided excursion through the woods, or a wheelchair-bound teenager might discover a love in birding with the guide of an experienced birder. A stroke survivor might fish again for the first time in decades, or an intellectually-challenged child might cast their line for the first time in their life. Nature can be the most spectacular thing to experience, and we want to share it. We've already seen the way a visit can transform the lives of our previous guests.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! A trip to Kemp Lake for disabled person or group along with helpers they require is completely free! With the support from our donors, we are able to make these wonderful experiences completely free for our visitors.
How can I come?
FALLEN OUTDOORS: A VETERAN GROUP
The Fallen Outdoors Group has had numerous hunting and fishing events at Kemp Lake. Derek McCulloch, a senior guide at Kemp Lake, organizes these events. Besides organizing these events, he also cooks!
At this particular event, 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.
As for fishing, the vets dominated the water, thanks to famed Lake of the Ozarks top guide, Jack Uxa, and young Freddie Kemp. 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. Meanwhile, “Turkey Tom” Parmeter gave 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
CAST FOR KIDS
We've hosted a Cast For Kids event two years in a row! Dozens of volunteers come out, and each of the children gets to go out on the water with family and a personal guide. After a few hours on the water, everyone comes back in for lunch and a celebration of the children's accomplishment that day. Each kid is called up one at a time and presented with an award as they talk about their fun experience of the day.
We hope to see many years of Cast for Kids events to come!