Lakes in Missouri

There's something awe-inspiring about Missouri's landscapes. Its fertile prairies. Its mighty rivers. The Mississippi, winding along the eastern edge. The Missouri, slicing down its belly. Then there's the Ozark Plateau, an enchanting mix of woodlands, hills and caves. Lakes like Table Rock, Stockton, Clearwater, Wappapello, Bull Shoals and the Lake of the Ozarks are also impressive sights, as is the Harry S. Truman Reservoir in Warsaw, which teems with black bass and crappie year round.

Other notable Missouri lakes include Smithville, a popular recreational site that features swimming, fishing and boating on the water and golf, camping, hiking, cycling, picnicking and horseback riding near its shores. The La Plata City Reservoir in is another well-loved spot known for fishing, camping and hiking. Crane Lake also offers excellent fishing for bass, catfish and sunfish. Likewise, Kellogg Lake allows fishing. However, Kellogg's best known as the region's biggest outdoor classroom, offering visitors opportunities to study area fauna and flora.

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Featured lakes in Missouri

Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is located in southern Missouri. This is also site for Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Facilities here include camping, picnic sites and playgrounds.

Forest Lake

Forest Lake lies at the center of Thousand Hills State Park in northern Missouri. It’s surrounded by a lovely wooded shoreline and wide savannas that offer lots of opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife watching. Swimming, fish, and boating are allowed. Spend the day or spend a week. Cabins and campsites are available.

Pomme de Terre Lake

Pomme de Terre Lake is located in South-West Missouri. The French name of the lake means "earth apple". This lake has over 650 campsites, as well as two public swimming beaches. Water skiing is also common at this lake.


Popular Missouri lakes

Bean Lake
Bull Shoals Lake
Clearwater Lake
Cooley Lake
Cut Off Lake
Forest Lake
Lake Jacomo
Lake Lotawana
Lake Taneycomo
Lake Thunderhead
Lake Viking
Lewis and Clark Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Montrose Lake
Pomme de Terre Lake
Schell Lake
Stockton Lake
Sunshine Lake
Table Rock Lake
Weatherby Lake


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