The Missouri Department of Conservation currently has 11 track chairs available statewide; four are located in the St. Louis area at Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. While housed at the shooting range, the chairs can be loaded up and carried to any number of conservation areas.
“I’ve used them for a VA Outdoor Adventure Group over at Trout Lodge for a 3-day event including fishing and trail rides,” said Guy Vogt, range officer at Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. “Coming up soon, I will be taking them over to Columbia Bottom for an event.”
The available chairs cost around $12,000 each and were funded by outside partners through donations and grants. There is no reservation system in place, as the program is currently limited to organizations for organized events. They can be used by both adults and children.
“They are joystick-operated so as long as the child can get to the controls, they can use them,” Vogt said.
For more information on the specialized track chair program or to reserve one for an organized event at a conservation area, call Guy Vogt at 636-441-4554, ext. 4153 or Jake Hindman at 314-301-1506, ext. 4227. To learn more about MDC efforts to increase accessibility in the outdoors, visit mdc.mo.gov.