Stockton Lake Scuba Diving


category : Scuba Diving
Stockton Lake Scuba Diving Scuba divers have learned that Stockton Lake holds many great dive sites below her glittering surface. The underwater structures are as beautiful and varied as the surface terrain which surrounds the lake.

Visibility will vary with the seasons and is usually in the 8 to 10 foot range. Springtime generally brings the visibility up to 25 feet or more. The generally accepted scuba diving season fro Stockton Lake is April through November.

Spearfishing in Missouri is restricted to rough fish only in impounded waters, so Stockton Lake presents an excellent "hunting ground" to hone skills and spearfish for sport. Many scuba divers spearfish for carp, then smoke and can their game.

Many enjoyable dives can be made in Stockton Lake. Boats, scuba equipment rentals and cylinder air fills are available at Orleans Trail Marina, (417) 276-5161, where the owners also are avid divers, and at State Park Marina, (417) 276-5329.


Admission: Park Permit Required
Hours: April through November
Address: 4 miles S of Stockton on Hwy 39
Phone: 417-276-3113
Our Email: Stockton@Nwk02.usace.army.mil

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Stockton Lake Fishingmore

Stockton Lake Fishing
Stockton Lake FishingStockton Lake is a fishing paradise. Small coves along the lakeshore provide hundreds of protected fishing spots. The lake, fed by clear streams, is populated with many different species of fish.

With depths sometimes exceeding 100 feet along the old river channels, the lake is a natural hatchery for a variety of game fish. Largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky bass are found in abundance. During a bass tournament held in April 2000 at the State Park Marina, one angler weighed in a five fish limit exceeding 30 pounds. A number of 10 pounders were caught during the year, and four to six pound bass were fairly common. Bluffs, rocky points and standing timber are great bass holding areas. Soft plastics during midday are excellent baits. For early morning and late evening action, switch to buzz and spinner baits. During these two periods, bass will be tearing into schools of shad right on top. The Tiny Torpedo in chrome or shad colors can be deadly when fish are exploding on the surface.

Walleye are plentiful in Stockton Lake. Early in the year, suspending Rogues worked over points and along the face of the dam provide some hefty fish. As the season progresses, most walleye fisherman switch to a 1/4 oz. jig or Roadrunner tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow. These rigs are fished along points or bluffs in 15 to 25 feet of water depending on water temperature. Overcast days are frequently productive. Wi6h the new 15 inch minimum length, the lake provides the walleye angler an excellent opportunity for catching his limits.

Crappie and bluegill are abundant in the clear waters of the lake and provide fishing excitement for new and old anglers alike. Submerged brush piles in selected coves are marked by signs along the shoreline. These brush piles are holding areas for schools of crappie, bluegill and the occasional bass or walleye as well. Worms, minnows and small jigs are the best baits for fishing these structures.

White bass are another favorite for anglers during the spring and summer months. Trolling Roadrunners or Roostertails is an effective method for catching the scrapers. In the early morning and evening hours, cove waters will frequently explode with surfacing white bass tearing into schools of shad. Then it's time to switch to small surface plugs such as the Tiny Torpedo. Such lures can provide some memorable top water action.

Various bass, walleye and crappie tournaments are held throughout the year. For tournament schedules and accurate fishing reports, contact any of the lake marinas.

Stockton Lake Huntingmore

Stockton Lake Area Hunting
Stockton Lake Area HuntingWhether you are an avid fisherman, hunter, or weekend naturalist, Stockton Lake offers an abundance of fish and wildlife for your enjoyment.

More than 20,000 acres of public land surrounding the lake provide excellent opportunities for quail, dove, squirrel, racoon, rabbit, deer, and turkey. Waterfowl, including both ducks and geese, are usually found at the lake in the fall. All public lands around the lake are open to hunting except the parks and waterfowl refuge. The Missouri Department of Conservation manages the refuge to enhance the population of both game and non-game species.

Stockton Lake Campingmore

Stockton Lake Campgrounds
Stockton Lake CampgroundsEleven campgrounds are conveniently located around Stockton Lake. Eight are managed by the Corps of Engineers (Cedar Ridge, Crabtree Cove, Hawker Point, Masters, Orleans Trail North, Orleans Trail South, Ruark Bluff East, and Ruark Bluff West); two are operated by marina concessionaires (Orleans Trail Marina and Mutton Creek Marina); and one is operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (Stockton State Park). Campgrounds contain campsites with lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations, and water hydrants are located in most parks.

Cedar Ridge

Cedar Ridge is a 340-acre park on the Little Sac Arm of Stockton Lake. It consists of 33 non-electric sites and 21 electric sites. Amenities included in this park are a sanitary dump station, shower building, two picnic areas, two boat launches, a fishing dock and a swimming beach.

Crabtree Cove

Crabtree Cove is located on the Northeast corner of Stockton Lake just west of the town of Stockton. It is a 168-acre park consisting of 32 non-electric sites (2 of which are handicap accessible) and 32 electric sites (2 of which are double sites). Amenities of this park are a sanitary dump station, shower building, picnic shelter, boat ramp, and fishing dock.

Hawker Point

Hawker Point is located on the northern end of the Big Sac Arm of Stockton Lake. It is a 518-acre park consisting of 32 non-electric sites and 30 electric sites. Amenities of this park are two sanitary dump stations, two shower buildings, picnic area, boat ramp, and equestrian trailhead.

Masters

Masters is located on the Little Sac Arm of Stockton Lake. It is an 836-acre park consisting of 73 non-electric sites and 1 group camping area. Amenities of the park are a sanitary dump station, shower building, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing dock, and beach. The group camp consists of 6 non-electric sites and shares the campground shower building.

Mutton Creek Group Camp

The Mutton Creek Group Camp is located Northeast of the Ruark Bluff Parks and can be reserved under the Ruark Bluff East Campground. It consists of 12 electric sites and has its own private shower building and sanitary dump station.

Orleans Trail North and South

Together the Orleans Trail North and South campgrounds comprise 959-acres. They are located on the Northwest part of the lake just outside the town of Stockton. Orleans Trail North consists of 73 non-electric sites. Its amenities include a shower building and a swimming beach. The Orleans Trail South campground consists of 45 non-electric sites and 1 group camping area that consists of 12 electric sites and 2 non-electric sites. The campground's amenities include a sanitary dump station, shower building, boat ramp, walking trail, equestrian trailhead, and wind surfing staging area. The group camp's amenities include a picnic shelter and a flush toilet.

Ruark Bluff East and West

Together Ruark East and Ruark West comprise 513-acres and are located on the Big Sac arm of Sac River. A boat ramp and a beach are conveniently located just outside of the entrance to these parks. Ruark East consists of 87 non-electric sites (2 are double sites), and 28 electric sites (1 is handicap accessible). Its amenities include a sanitary dump station and 2 shower buildings. Ruark West consists of 40 non-electric sites (4 are double sites), 46 electric sites (1 handicap accessible), and 1 group camp that consists of 11 electric sites. The campgrounds amenities include 2 shower buildings and the group camp has a picnic shelter.

Stockton State Park Campground

Stockton State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry. A sand beach, with a restroom and changehouse facility, is located at the north end of the park. The beach area is not supervised by a lifeguard and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Also located nearby is a picnic area with tables and outdoor grills.

Stockton State Park is a perfect venue for hosting large family gatherings and special outings. Two large open picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 guests can be reserved at a rate of $35 per day. The north shelter, which overlooks the lake, is a reproduction of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work done in the 1930s. The north shelter includes electrical outlets, picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to restroom facilities. The south shelter located in close proximity to the marina boat launch, features children's playground equipment as well as picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to restroom facilities. If not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are also three main picnic areas located off of Highway 215 as you enter the park that are open to all visitors during park hours. These areas are equipped with outdoor grills, picnic tables and have a children's playground facility located nearby.

There are also playground facilities located in the vicinities of the south shelter and the west loop campground.

Stockton State Park Inn features both condominium and motel units open March through October. The 800-square-foot condos are full housekeeping, two bedroom units with kitchenettes and walk-out patios with grill. The condos are equipped with queen size beds, color TV and large bathrooms with tub/shower and vanity. The spacious kitchens come with a full-size refrigerator, electric range and microwave convection oven. All utensils and linens are provided.

Motel units feature cozy rooms with single and double beds and color TV.

Stockton State Park Inn guests receive a 10 percent discount off of fishing boat and pontoon rentals at the marina (Monday through Thursday, except holidays). Also, Stockton State Park Inn is conveniently located near the dining lodge and campground.

From March 29 through October, the motel is open. For rates, availability and reservations, you may call (417) 276-5329.

Stockton Lake Scuba Divingmore

Stockton Lake Scuba Diving
Stockton Lake Scuba DivingScuba divers have learned that Stockton Lake holds many great dive sites below her glittering surface. The underwater structures are as beautiful and varied as the surface terrain which surrounds the lake.

Visibility will vary with the seasons and is usually in the 8 to 10 foot range. Springtime generally brings the visibility up to 25 feet or more. The generally accepted scuba diving season fro Stockton Lake is April through November.

Spearfishing in Missouri is restricted to rough fish only in impounded waters, so Stockton Lake presents an excellent "hunting ground" to hone skills and spearfish for sport. Many scuba divers spearfish for carp, then smoke and can their game.

Many enjoyable dives can be made in Stockton Lake. Boats, scuba equipment rentals and cylinder air fills are available at Orleans Trail Marina, (417) 276-5161, where the owners also are avid divers, and at State Park Marina, (417) 276-5329.

Stockton Lake Equestrianmore

Stockton Lake Area Equestrian Trails
Stockton Lake Area Equestrian TrailsTake to the trails to enjoy the beauty of nature and the company of others on horseback. The shoreline, the wilderness trails, the bluff, the lake and the old abandoned roads on Corp land are savored one hoof beat at a time.

The trails were planned and laid out when Stockton Lake was built. The Stockton Saddle Club and The Army Corps of Engineers planned the trails starting at the end of Orleans Trail South Campgrounds and running to the Hawker Point area. Campgrounds are located at both ends. Another trail is located at the upper end of the Lake at Hulston Mill area. (417) 637-5993.

The Stockton Lake Equestrian Trail meanders approximately 15 miles between Hawker Point and Orleans Trail Campgrounds. The Hawker Point Trailhead consists of 6 Non-electric sites in close proximity to shower facilities and restrooms. The Trailhead at Orleans Trail consists of 5 Non-electric sites and is also close to shower facilities and restrooms. Amenities include hitching rails, abundant shade, and ample parking for vehicles and trailers. The cost for these sites is $10 per night. These sites are non-reservable and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Horses should be shod for the trails, the Saddle Club arena is suitable for barefoot horses. Current negative Coggins are required.

The trails are open to the public year round for your enjoyment.

Stockton Lake Boatingmore

Stockton Lake Boating
Stockton Lake BoatingStockton Lake offers great opportunities for the boating and personal watercraft enthusiast. Stockton is known as one of Missouri's best sailing lakes and the Stockton Yacht Club (link) hosts several races each year. During the earliest days of spring a slight of warmth can be felt in the still chilly air. The wind is generally steady and moderate to heavy. The summer months bring light winds which keep many sailers off the main lake, and then fall sailing is known to be wonderful with the returning nip in the air and stronger winds.

Boat Launching Ramps are located at all Corps-managed parks. Day-use fees are charged from 15 March thru 31 October for launching boats at the Corps-managed boat ramps at Stockton, Orleans Trail, Hawker Point, Ruark Bluff, Cedar Ridge, Masters, and Crabtree Cove. The fee is $3 per day. Fees are not charged at Greenfield Access, Mutton Creek North, and High Point Access.

Stockton State Park has concrete boat ramps at both the marina and at Hartley Cove. There are no launch fees or motor restrictions at Stockton State Park.

Stockton Lake Map

Stockton Lake Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 4 miles S of Stockton on Hwy 39

Contact: 417-276-3113

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