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Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s more shoreline than the coast of California. The Lake of the Ozarks offers access to public beaches; great fishing; and plenty of room for fun and recreation on the water.
Cities around the Lake of the Ozarks offer hundreds of dining and lodging options. Abundant recreation activities include, among other things: golf; horseback riding; boat excursions; wineries; airplane and helicopter tours; ziplines; spas; and shopping.
Marinas and rental services offer a variety of choices, ranging from a pontoon boat to fishing boats, ski boats to houseboats, and personal watercraft.
Please note: the address provided with this listing is for the Bagnell Dam, in Lake Ozark.
Splash into summer at one of the most popular swimming beaches in Jackson County. Enjoy sandy beaches; certified lifeguards; shower and restroom facilities.
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
This 100-acre lake provides fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish. A boat ramp is available. Electric motors only. No camping is allowed. There is a five-mile, double loop trail for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Those wishing to camp will find Marble Creek Camp and Picnic Grounds nine miles northeast, just off of Route E.
This Missouri Department of Conservation lake offers: picnic areas; playground equipment; pavilions; hiking trails; fishing docks; waterfowl blinds; and boat rentals. Many areas are handicapped accessible.
A permit is required to launch a boat (limited to 40-HP). This is a great place to try your luck if you're looking for trophy Muskellunge (muskie).
From Springfield, Route 65 north 5 miles, then left on Route AA.
This 55,600-plus acre lake offers 958 miles of coast line and has created a diverse wildlife area rich in the history of Osage Indians, explorers, fur trappers, traders and settlers. Harry S Truman State Park, located on the peninsula that juts into the lake, opened in 1983.
Clear waters, dramatic bluffs and vibrant summer and fall colors make Harry S Truman State Park an ideal place to vacation. The park offers a marina, ample fishing and boating opportunities and water that are ideal for every kind of swimmer. Hiking trails, picnic areas and campsites that dot the park's open oak woodlands, natural grasslands and lakeside areas let visitors enjoy the abundance of wildlife and recreation opportunities at this park.
Truman Lake is a great location for fishing, even in the winter, as power from Truman Dam helps heat the water. Truman Lake is nationally known for its excellent crappie and bass fishing. The reservoir is fed by four rivers and several small streams, creating a broad diversity for fishing.
More than 8,800 acres of timber were left standing in the lake to improve aquatic habitat. The lake often hosts major fishing tournaments.
A peaceful place to unwind and relax. A portion of the original Route 66 pavement runs along Spring River.
Kellogg Lake features one of the largest outdoor classrooms in the region. Students and families alike can explore the diverse flora and fauna in the area.
Enjoy fishing, hiking, and picnicking. A small boat dock is available. Admission is free to the public.
This reservoir is a good location for an outdoor getaway in Northeast Missouri. It offers fishing, camping and hiking opportunities. Electric and water hookups are available. For information, please call 660-332-7166. Fees are $12 for camp sites with hookups; $7 for primitive sites. People who bring their own boats will be required to pay a fee, which is $25 for a year or $2 per day.
Lake Taneycomo is one of the great trout-fishing destinations in the country. The lake originally was a section of the White River; since the completion of the Table Rock Lake Dam, Taneycomo has been fed by the bottom waters of Table Rock Lake.
The temperature at Taneycomo is about 58 degrees year-round. Lake Taneycomo is stocked annually with 750,000 10-inch to 12-inch brown and rainbow trout.
The uppermost portion of the lake is reserved for artificial lures only. These headwaters are also ideal for fly fishing. A Missouri fishing license is required to fish and a trout permit is required for fishing Taneycomo between the Table Rock Dam and the U.S. Highway 65 bridges. Anglers must have a trout permit to possess trout anywhere on the lake.
Splash into summer at one of the most popular swimming beaches in Jackson County. Enjoy sandy beaches, certified lifeguards and shower and restroom facilities.
The full-service marina offers boat rental, concessions, marine supplies, lakeside gasoline pumps, tackle, bait and overnight and annual slip rental.
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call for details.
This recreation area offers a picnic area and 15-acre lake known for largemouth bass, sunfish, panfish and channel catfish fishing. The lake is a non-motorized area; boat motors are not allowed. An electric trolling motor is permitted. There is ample parking for picnickers and fishermen. The campground is primitive with limited picnic tables, firerings, grills and lantern posts. A vault toilet is provided. No drinking water is available.
There is hiking at McCormack Lake Recreation Area. This is a trailhead for the 3.7-mile McCormack-Greer Trail, which ends at Greer Crossing Picnic Area and also connects to Ozark Trail. McCormack Lake Recreation Area is located on paved Forest Road 3155 off of Highway 19.
This lake was built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1907. Since the 1920s it has been a swimming, fishing, and picnicking destination for La Plata and surrounding area. The lake is open from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Shelbina Lake offers a variety of activities, from fishing and boating to camping. No swimming or wading is allowed.
There are approximately 76 camper-sites, with full hook-ups, along with a few tent-sites–all sites have electrical; five shelter houses; playground equipment; restrooms; a volleyball court; tennis court; basketball courts; and a nine-hole golf course is adjacent.
Bait and tackle, charcoal, food, soda, ice and snacks are available at the Pro Shop on the west side of lake; camping fees are collected there.
A 7,190-acre recreational lake for boating, fishing, sailing, and swimming. Facilities include, among other activities: golf courses; campgrounds; picnic shelters/areas; hiking, biking and equestrian trails; two full-service marinas, with boat rentals.
Park passes start at $5 per car. Free admission available at specific trailheads. Fees for boating, camping, golf and other activities.
This 45,000-acres lake, with its more than 740 miles of shoreline and clear waters, is a great spot for water sports, including scuba diving. Bull Shoals Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities for white bass, largemouth bass and walleye, catfish and crappie. Restaurants, lodging and other attractions are plentiful in Theodosia, Pontiac, Protem and Isabella.
Please note: The phone number and website provided are for the Bull Shoals Lake Association.
Clearwater Lake is a recreational lake in southeastern Missouri. Whether you participate in water sports, camp, hike, bike, fish or hunt, you'll find Clearwater Lake is a fine place to visit.
This 18,600-acre lake is ideal for a day on the water. Also, enjoy equestrian trails, walking trails, and sleeping under the stars. Offers great fishing; known for crappie and bass tournaments. There are stocked ponds for those without boats.
Camping is available in four Corps of Engineers developed recreation areas; many with full hookups; most have electric, fire grills, lantern hangers, picnic tables and asphalt pads. Areas have showers, restrooms, sanitary stations, trails, scenic overlooks, launch ramps, and beaches and playgrounds.
Located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, this lake offers a variety of activities. With more than 44,000 acres of land, guests may hunt, fish, swim, boat, camp or picnic. A visitor center features displays, and often hosts programs designed to showcase the natural beauty of Southeast Missouri.
The lake is known for its largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. The surrounding area is home to many animals, including deer, turkey, dove and quail.
The area includes equestrian and hiking trails, along with sites for camping.
Valley Water Mill Park features 17-acre lake with fishing acess, wetlands, spring-fed stream, glades and forests. A 2.5-mile walking trail loops the site.
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