Boating in Missouri

| August 10, 2011

Do you always boat at the same lake or river?  Check out the list below explore new locations for boating in Missouri!

Bull Shoals Lake
45,500 acres on the Missouri-Arkansas Line, 16400 acres on the Missouri side. Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest is on the far north edge. Fishing, Swimming, Float Trips and Trout Fishing is available on the White River. Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/day use, Marina, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Fuel. Bull Shoals Lake is a water sports paradise. Nearly 1000  miles of rugged shoreline is open to boaters from all over the nation. There are nineteen parks around the lake for public use and enjoyment. They have camping and picnic facilities with grills. The lake runs west to Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake in Missouri. U.S. 65 on the Missouri State Line.

Clarence Cannon Dam-Mark Twain Lake
18600 acres, Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. Features the largest hydropower generating plant in northeastern Missouri. Off U.S. 61 / Missouri State Route 19 (28 miles southwest of Hannibal). (573) 735-4097

Clearwater Lake
Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel. Near three state parks including Gads Hill (where Jessie James staged the world’s second train robbery in 1874. Recreational sites include Bluff View, Piedmont Park, Webb Creek and Thrumon Point. Just west of Piedmont, Missouri off State Route 34. (501) 324-5673.

Harry S. Truman Dam & Reservoir
55,600 acres, 1000 miles of shoreline. Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. There are many scenic bluffs, a hardwood forest, prairie and many rugged hills to make this a popular scenic spot. The other side of the Dam leads into the famous “Lake of the Ozarks”. Located at Warsaw and U.S. 65. (816) 426-6816.

Lake of The Ozarks
58,000 acres, 1375 miles of shoreline, Unlimited H.P. Fishing, Swimming, Water Skiing, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marinas, Fuel, Visitor Information Centers. This popular waterway is about 50 miles wide but has well over a hundred miles of scenic travel by water. There are many recreational activities including excellent fishing and over 200 resorts make it easy to arrange for a relaxing vacation.  Several commercial services provide various rentals. Lake of the Ozarks State Park lies at the far southeastern end of the reservoir, also be sure to visit Bridal Cave and the natural bridge. Mile Marker 14 was the location for The Party Cove, however due to home construction in the area the Party Cove has been moved to the back of the lake of the Ozarks State Park, (11-20-96). Hundreds of boats of all sizes and shapes and thousands of people visit during an average summer. There is also floating food and souvenir vendors. Summer days are popular on weekends. The lake runs from just west of Warsaw to just east of Osage Beach.

Little Blue River Lakes
Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. Located in Kansas City between I 70 and U.S. 50. (816) 426-6816.

Long Branch Lake
Fishing, Swimming, Water Skiing, Campsites with electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. Attractive shoreline vistas and excellent fishing. Just west of Macon, Missouri on U.S. 36. (816) 426-6816.

Missouri River
At various stopping points and State Parks: Fishing, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramps (small fee may apply), Navigable from St. Louis and the Mississippi to Kansas City then on up through Iowa / Nebraska. There are many good stopping points along the river. Popular stops (now going from from west to east) include Fort Osage, Battle of Lexington (historical site), Van Meter State Park, Marker of Ft. Orleans, Arrow Rock State Park, Boons Lick, and Daniel Boone Shrine (just outside of St. Louis).

Pomme de Terre Lake
7800 acres, Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. A spring fed lake sometimes called “Gem of the Ozarks). Home of Pomme de Tere State Park. (816) 426-6816.

Smithville Lake
7190 Acres. 175 miles of shoreline, Fishing, Swimming, Water Skiing, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. Located about 20 miles north of Kansas City off U.S. 169. (816) 426-6816.

Stockton Lake
25,000 acres, Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel, Visitor Information Center. Be sure to visit Ruark Bluff, Mutton Creek, and the Orleans Trail. This large and popular lake is just southeast of Stocton Missouri, State Route 215. (816) 426-6816.

Table Rock Lake
43,100 acres, Fishing, Swimming, House Boat Rentals, Cabins, Condos, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel. One of the more popular lakes in the Ozarks. Sites include Kings River, Big Bay, Big Indian, Long Circle, Indian Point, Silver City and Dollar Marvel Cave Park and Talking Rocks. On the other side of the Dam forms Bull Shoals Lake which connects through Lake Taneycomo (see Arkansas). Located in the Mark Twain National Forest primarily between Eagle Rock and Branson ( a popular Country Music Spot!) 45 miles south of Springfield off U.S. 65. (501) 324-5673.

Wappapello Lake
Fishing, Swimming, Campsites with and without electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Station, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp (small fee may apply), Marina, Fuel. Recreational Sites include Chaonia Landing, Paradise Point, Holliday Landing, People’s Creek and Lake Wappapello Lake State Park. Just northeast of Popular Bluff, off U.S. 67 and State Route 172. (314) 331-8622.

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