Pomme de Terre Lake

Boat Launch at Pomme de Terre Lake

One of Missouri’s lesser-known recreational destinations is Pomme De Terre Lake. Construction of this reservoir was completed in 1961, although it had been in the planning stages since 1947. The new reservoir serves a critical purpose: to control periodic flooding…

Longview Lake

Longview Lake Sunrise

Northwest Missouri’s Longview Lake is one of the recreational focal points of Jackson County Parks and Recreation. The 930-acre lake lies amid 4,852-acre Longview Lake Park and provides outdoor amenities for nearly every purpose. Built for flood control, recreation, wildlife…

Lake Jacomo

Lake Jacomo Fireworks

Fifty years old and going strong would be a good motto for artificial Lake Jacomo. Located about 15 miles east of Kansas City in the Northwest Missouri region, Lake Jacomo was created for recreation and does the job with a…

Clearwater Lake MO

Shining in the middle of the Ozarks in southeastern Missouri, Clearwater Lake offers visitors more than 1,600 acres of water for boating, skiing, swimming and fishing. Originally built for flood control, the lake has become one of the area’s premiere…

Council Bluff Lake

Settled snugly along the eastern edge of the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri, Council Bluff Lake pulls outdoorsy individuals to its quiet shores. Mountain bikers and trail runners pound the dirt-laden trails surrounding the lake, while anglers grapple…

Harry S. Truman Lake

Harry S. Truman Dam & Powerhouse

It looks a like a reel of film perched on a bluff; it is the visitor center overlooking Truman Lake. The round wall of windows offers a panoramic view of the beautiful central Missouri lake below. There are also displays…

Smithville Lake

Smithville Lake, located in the City of Smithville in northwest Missouri, is a recreational wonderland. With nearly 7,200 surface acres of water, Smithville Lake entices nature lovers to come out and play. The purpose of Smithville Lake is to provide…

Blue Springs Lake

Located in Jackson County, Missouri, Blue Springs Lake provides a relaxing retreat minutes from Kansas City’s urban setting. Lying within Jackson County’s Fleming Park, Blue Springs Lake is one of two lakes, and multiple attractions, that draw more than 1,300,000…

Stockton Lake

View of Stockton Lake

Stockton Lake is a popular recreational reservoir covering 24,900 acres on the western edge of the scenic Missouri Ozarks. Though perhaps not as widely known as some of the other lakes in the state, it’s a great choice for vacationers…

Wappapello Lake

Wappapello Lake-Peoples Creek Recreation Area

Wappapello Lake is a Missouri gem, located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the southeastern region of the state. Although some larger Missouri lakes may draw more attention than Wappapello Lake, 2.5 million people visit this 8,400-acre reservoir…

Mark Twain Lake

Fishing at Mark Twain Lake

Mark Twain Lake spreads out over 18,600 acres in Ralls and Monroe Counties of northeastern Missouri. The lake and the 2,775-acre Mark Twain State Park are named after America’s most famous humor novelist. The nearby village of Florida, Missouri is…

Lake of the Ozarks

View from Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Painting plains of central Missouri a liquid blue, Lake of the Ozarks snakes its way through the landscape. Just 180 miles from St. Louis and 170 miles from Kansas City, the lake provides visitors and area residents with a 55,000-acre…

Lake Taneycomo

Hydroplane at Lake Taneycomo

Boasting the best trout fishing in the nation, Lake Taneycomo is an irresistible lure for anglers. Add all the amenities and recreation opportunities of the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” and it’s easy to see why the lake is…

Norfork Lake

November Sunrise '09

Locals describe Norfork Lake as “unspoiled, uncrowded, and unforgettable.” It is an apt description for this beautiful lake hidden in the Ozark Region of Arkansas and the Southwest Region of Missouri. Most of Norfolk Lake’s 22,000 acres are in Arkansas,…

Bull Shoals Lake

Bull SHoals Lake

Tucked in the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals Lake offers year round opportunities for relaxation and recreation. With over 45,000 surface acres of water it is the larger of the Ozark Twin Lakes (Norfolk Lake being the other), extending from northern…