Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Johnson’s Shut-Ins, historically one of Missouri’s most popular state parks, was almost completely destroyed in December 2005 by the blowout of nearby Taum Sauk Reservoir. Built to supply water for a nearby hydroelectric plant, this mountaintop lake burst its retaining wall and sent over a billion gallons roaring down the hillside to the Black River at Johnson’s Shut-Ins.
The flood devastated nearly all the park’s facilities, including its riverside campground, in just a few minutes. Miraculously, no one was killed, but the park was closed for several years while it was cleaned up and rebuilt."