Meetings, Events & News

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Below you will find announcements about upcoming meetings, caving events and caving news. If you have an item that you would like to have posted on this page, please email us with the details.


The next MCKC meeting will be on October 15th. In addition to the meeting, we will be hosting a membership weekend from October 14th to October 16 to celebrate MCKC’s upcoming 30th anniversary and our recent acquisition of Carroll Cave in Camden County, Missouri’s 3rd longest cave.

On October 15th, there will be recreational trips available to Roubidoux Cave, Skaggs, Cave, and Kieswetter Cave. If you are interested in volunteering on a major cave cleanup project, Goodwin Sinkhole and Cave will be available. All these caves are within an hour drive of Carroll Cave. Lastly, there will be some trips into Carroll Cave. The Carroll Cave entrance is a 120′ deep shaft that is about 3′ wide and anyone wanting to go into the cave MUST have SRT vertical gear with the experience and physical ability to use it. Entry is done by rappelling down the shaft, but exit is done by climbing a 120′ ladder that is installed in the shaft while clipped onto a rope. Saturday evening there will be a homestyle dinner provided to members that will offer smoked pulled pork and smoked pulled chicken along with some sides. Attendees will need to bring their own drinks. The MCKC business meeting will happen Saturday evening after dinner. For some entertainment during the weekend, the MSM grotto is donating their speleobox and squeezebox for the event.

Very primitive tent camping will be available at no cost at the Carroll Cave property Friday and Saturday night. There is no water supply, limited electrical availability, no trees, and typically it is rather windy, but there will be portable bathrooms available during the event. It honestly isn’t the greatest camping place. If you prefer more amenities where you camp, there are several campgrounds around the Lake of the Ozarks that you might prefer.


This is necessary so that we can make enough food and plan appropriately otherwise. Specific information as to the event location will be provided to those who RSVP.

Other Cave Activities

Stay tuned for updates!


The MCKC has acquired another cave to its growing list of preserves.

Kiesewetter Cave in Pulaski County now belongs to the MCKC. For permits and access please contact the MCKC Board!

A 50 year lease has been signed for Blackfathom Pit and Grandpa’s Hole in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. The Blackfathom River Cave is the 7th longest surveyed cave in the state of Missouri at 7.11 miles in length. Both caves are accessed on the same property; however, they do not physically connect. Grandpa’s Hole has an ongoing clean up as the cave was used as a trash dump for some time. The cave has a horizontal entrance, a 58′ pit entrance, as well as large rooms, bear beds, formations and interesting geological bedding.


Follow MVOR on Facebook to stay up to see flyer with list of activities planned for the weekend and get a registration form.


  • December 16, 2013 Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome – The latest WNS film produced by Ravenswood Media for the U. S. Forest Service.
  • December 11, 2013 Fall 2013 Vol. 6 Issue 2 Vol. Beneath the Forest, a caves and karst newsletter published by the Forest Service of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.
  • October 17, 2013 In the Fall 2013 issue of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources quarterly magazine, Missouri Resources, read Playground with a Past by Larry Archer. He covers some of Goodwin Pit Sinkhole & Cave historical background and reports on MCKC’s restoration work that began in 2012.
  • April 26, 2013 Over two weekends, March 30th and April 13th, cavers from Missouri’s Meramec Valley, Middle Mississippi Valley and Southeast Missouri Grottos came together to remove over 1,000 tires from a number if sinkholes in Perry County >>Read More
  • February 27, 2013 Dianne Steingrubey, reporter with the Lake Today wrote an article about the Goodwin Pit cleanup last February and followed with another story about the current status of the project.
  • December 7, 2012 MCKC’s Goodwin Pit Cave property, Lake Expo story by Nathan Bechtold.
If you have questions about our organization, would like a permit to visit an MCKC managed cave or need help managing a cave on your property,