Truman Lake, MO

Truman Lake, Missouri

Located on the Prairie-Ozark border, Truman Reservoir offers an ideal setting for outdoor recreation. Tugged hills, scenic river bluffs and hardwood forests offer some of the best scenery in the state. The 56,000-acre lake offers water sportsmen ample area to pursue their interests, and more than 100,000 acres of project land surrounds the lake allocated for outdoor recreation activites such as hunting, hiking, and horseback riding. Overnight accomodations, services and supplies are available at commercial concessions on the lake and in nearby communtiies. Park areas on Truman Reservoir offer a variety of recreation facilities including boat launching ramps, campgrounds, picnic areas, and beaches.

Harry S. Truman Dam, located on the Osage River about 1 1/2 miles northwest of Warsaw, Missouri regulates water flow to produce hydroelectric power for the Southwest Power Administration. Six turbine-generator units transform the energy of moving water into electrical energy. Water in the reservoir is channeled through gigantic intake tubes where it makes the blades of the turbines spin in propeller-like fasion spinning huge coils of wire inside the generators.

A visitor center, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is located on top of Kaysinger Bluff and offers a panoramic view of the lake. Interpretive displays explain the area's history, wildlife and archaeology, as well as the practical functions of the lake.

Cities Near Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishingmore

Truman Fishing
Truman FishingTruman Lake is nationally known for its excellent crappie and largemouth bass fishing. The 55,600 acre reservoir is fed by four major rivers and several smaller streams, creating a broad degree of diversity within the reservoir. Over 8,800 acres of timber were left standing in the lake to improve aquatic habitat. In addition to crappie and largemouth bass, the lake supports good populations of both blue and flathead catfish. Truman Lake has been popular with tournament fishermen for many years.

Full service marinas and campgrounds are conveniently located to provide access and accommodations. During the past few years, fish spawns have been good and fishing has been exciting. Please keep in mind that day use fees are required to launch boats at any Corps managed boat ramp.

Truman State Park offers two paved boat-launching ramps for access to Truman Lake year-round. A two-lane boat ramp located in the campground is for use by campers only, and a four-lane boat ramp is available to the public near the large parking lot, which offers ample space for cars, trucks and boat trailers. There are no launch fees or motor restrictions in the state park.

Bledsoe Ferry Park, located just downstream of Truman Dam, is one of the most popular bank fishing areas in the State of Missouri. The upper end of the Lake of the Ozarks extends to the back side of Truman Dam. In the spring of the year, fish from Lake of the Ozarks move upstream and congregate below the dam creating some great bank fishing.

Truman Lake Huntingmore

Truman Lake Area Hunting
Truman Lake Area HuntingTruman Lake offers many opportunities for a variety of game. White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, quail, duck and geese are favorites among sportsmen. Most project land is open to hunting in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, with the exception of developed parks, the project administration area, land leased to the Boy Scouts of America, the Lindon Q. Skidmore Wetland Management Area, and other designated refuge areas.

Truman Lake is located in an ecological transition area with Oak-Hickory forest to the east and prairie/farmland to the west. This diversity of land types creates a variety of wildlife habitat.

Waterfowl hunters can take advantage of several marshes located on the project. Contact the Truman Project for marsh locations.

MANAGED DEER HUNT

For more than a decade now, the Warsaw Sunrise Optimist Club and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Truman Lake have sponsored an annual managed deer hunt for persons with physical disabilities. The intent of the hunt is to provide persons with physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in the sport of deer hunting, and, thereby, help control deer populations in park areas. The managed hunt is limited to persons with permanent disabilities. Preference is given to those confined to wheelchairs and other ambulatory aids in the selection process; however, a random drawing will be employed to fill any remaining spaces.

In 1998, the Missouri Department of Conservation gave authorization for each hunter who participates in the Truman Managed Hunt to harvest two deer (only one of which may be an antlered buck). Each participant must purchase a "Managed Deer Hunt Permit", which is valid for both deer. Permit cost is $15 for Missouri residents and $145 for non-residents and is only available for purchase after an individual has been selected for the hunt.

Though the success of each year's hunt is mostly determined by new-found friendships and the good times shared by hunters, volunteers, and sponsors, it is also important to consider harvest success. The 1999 hunt set an all-time record for the Truman hunt with 23 deer taken. The 2000 and 2001 hunts were also quiet productive with 14 and 13 deer harvested, respectively.

Truman Lake Campingmore

Truman Lake Campgrounds
Truman Lake CampgroundsCampers will find twelve campgrounds conveniently located around the shoreline of Truman Lake. The campgrounds at Truman Lake are some of the finest in the nation. Campgrounds typically contain paved roads, shower buildings, laundry facilities, level campsites - many with electrical hookups, fire rings, picnic tables, and lantern hanging posts.

The 1,440-acre Harry S Truman State Park, located on the peninsula that juts into the lake, opened in 1983. Park planners took advantage of a superb location to create one of Missouri's finest reservoir-based parks. Surrounded by water on three sides, the park offers opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing, and is ideal for camping, picnicking and nature study.

There are 201 campsites scattered throughout five campgrounds in the State Park, including 100 with electrical hookups. Facilities in the campgrounds include a dumping station, hot showers, modern restrooms and laundry facilities. Nearby, a two-lane boat ramp offers access to the lake. For those interested in cooling off, the sand beach has a swimming access complete with changehouses and restrooms.

On the eastern end of the park, visitors can relax at one of many shaded day-use picnic sites or the open shelter. Water enthusiasts will enjoy the sand beach on the section of the lake set aside for swimming, as well as boat rentals and supplies at the fully equipped marina.

Berry Bend Park (Corps of Engineers)

Berry Bend Campground is located on the Osage Arm of Truman Reservoir, approximately 9 miles southwest of Warsaw, Missouri. The park is covered with oak-hickory forest and is essentially a peninsula in a bend of the Osage River. The area is divided in half by a causeway with a campground and swimming beach to the south and a boat ramp, group picnic shelter and equestrian area to the north. The park and surrounding area has interesting topography and natural beauty.

Berry Bend Campground contains a campground with 295 campsites - 113 with electrical hookups, shower and laundry facilities, children's playground, and swimming beach. The Berry Bend South Campground is popular with fishermen.

Directions: From Warsaw, 4.4 miles west on Mo Hwy 7, 3 miles west on State Route Z, 1.8 miles south on paved access road.

Campsite Fees: $8 - $20. See current prices on website.

Berry Bend Equestrian Park (Corps of Engineers)

Berry Bend Equestrian Park is limited to equestrian users. Berry Bend Equestrian Park contains 89 campsites- 24 with electrical hookups, a shower building, laundry facilities, children's playground, and park entrance station. Corrals and overhead tie posts are located adjacent to some of the campsites. All season water hydrants are scattered throughout the campground.

Equestrian riders will find several miles of trails to ride. Riders that are utilizing the trail for the day should access the trails from the Berry Bend #1 Picnic Shelter area. The trails are for hikers and equestrian use only. Equestrian riders must have a VS Form 10-11 showing proof of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test within the last 12 months. In addition, equine from out of state must have an official certificate of veterinary inspection (health inspection).

Directions: From Warsaw, 4.4 miles west on Mo. Hwy 7, 3 miles west on State Route Z, 1.8 miles south on paved access road.

Campsite Fees: $8 - $18. See current prices on website.

Bucksaw Park (Corps of Engineers)

Bucksaw Park is located on the Grand River Arm of Truman Reservoir, approximately 11 miles southeast of Clinton, Missouri.

Facilities include a large campground, boat ramp, full service marina, cabins and motel. The campground contains over 300 campsites, many with 30 amp electrical service, an on-site park attendant, shower buildings, laundry facilities, dump station, children's playgrounds, and swimming beach.

Several sites with 50 amp electrical service and water hook-ups are now available. An additional fee is being charged for use of these sites. The sites are #'s; 16, 18, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 38, and 39.

Directions: From Clinton, Missouri 8 miles east on Hwy 7, then 3 miles south on State Route U. Campsite Fees: $12 - $24. See current prices on website.

Long Shoal Park (Corps of Engineers)

Long Shoal Park is located on the Grand River Arm of Truman Reservoir approximately 4 miles west of Warsaw, Missouri. Facilities include a modern campground, boat ramp, full service marina, group picnic shelter, individual picnic sites, and swimming beach. The campground contains 123 campsites, shower and laundry facilities, children's playground, and swimming beach. Long Shoal is one of the more popular campgrounds on the lake.

Directions: From Warsaw, Missouri 4.4 miles west on Hwy 7. Campsite Fees: $8 - $20. See current prices on website.

Osage Bluff (Corps of Engineers)

Osage Bluff is located near the confluence of the Osage and Pomme De Terre Rivers approximately 6 miles south of Warsaw, Missouri. Facilities include a full service marina, motel, boat launching ramps, and campground. The campground has 68 sites - many with 30 amp electrical hookups, an on-site park attendant, dump station, shower building, laundry facilities, and children's playground.

Four sites (#5, #27, #31, and #66) have been designated for those with physical disabilities. These concrete sites are level and have accessible grills, picnic tables, and lantern holders. Sites #5, #27 and #31 have 30-amp electrical service and #66 is a non-electric site. Once the campground is full these sites will become available to all campers.

Directions: From Warsaw 3 miles south on U.S. 65, 3 miles SW on Mo. Hwy 83, west 1 mile.
Fees: $8 - $18. See current prices on website.

Osceola (City of Osceola)

The Osceola Campground is located within the city limits of Osceola, Missouri. The campground contains 42 campsites. All campsites have electrical and water hookups. Additionally, cable television and sewer hookups are available on some the campsites. Facilities include a shower building, sewage dump station, clubhouse complete with kitchen for group use, children's playground, and fish cleaning station. Primitive tent sites are also available. For more information, contact the RV Park at 417-646-8675.

Directions: Take Business Loop 13 north entrance ½ mile to the campground. Fees: Full hook up sites $15.50 (water, sewer, electricity, and cable TV), Water and Electric sites $14.50, Tents $11.00. The campground offers 21(twenty-one) 50 amp full hookup sites, 31(thirty-one) 30 amp full hookup sites, and 14(fourteen) 30 amp water and electric sites. All but 7 of these sites have cable TV.

Sparrowfoot (Corps of Engineers)

Sparrowfoot Park is located near the confluence of the Grand River and Deepwater Creek, approximately 6 miles south of Clinton, Missouri. The park contains a campground, swimming beach, boat ramp, and three group picnic shelters. The area is generally level with limited tree cover. Prior to settlement the area was covered with prairie vegetation. Sparrowfoot Campground contains 112 campsites � many of which contain electrical hookups, shower building, and laundry facilities.

Directions: From Clinton, Missouri six miles south on Hwy 13, then one mile east on paved access road.

Fees: $12 - $18. See current prices on website.

Sterett Creek Park (Concessionaire)

Sterett Creek Park is located approximately 4 miles north of Warsaw, Missouri. Recreational development includes a full service marina, boat launching ramp, restaurant, and campground. The campground contains 100 campsites - many with electrical hookups, shower and laundry facilities, and children's playground.

Directions: From Warsaw 4 miles north on US Hwy 65, then one mile west on access road. Campsite Fees: $8 per night (non-electric), $16 per night (electric), $20 per night full hookup.

For additional information contact Sterett Creek Marina at 660-438-2280.

Talley Bend (Corps of Engineers)

Talley Bend is located on the Osage Arm of Truman Reservoir approximately 7 miles east of Lowry City, Missouri. Facilities include a boat launching ramp and campground. The campground contains 175 campsites (many with electrical hookups), shower and laundry facilities, and children's playground equipment. The Talley Bend area has a reputation for excellent blue and flathead catfishing. Paddlefish are often caught in the spring of the year.

Directions: From Lowry City, Missouri 7 miles east on State Road C. Fees: $8 - $18. See current prices on website.

Thibaut Point Park (Corps of Engineer)

Thibaut Point is located at the confluence of Little Tebo and Sterett Creeks, approximately 7 miles northwest of Warsaw, Missouri. The park contains three separate group camping areas, as well as 50 individual campsites, many with 30 amp electrical service, an on-site park attendant, a sand swimming beach, boat ramp, dump station, shower and laundry facilities, and two picnic shelters. The group camp areas are available by reservation only and the picnic shelters and individual campsites are available on a first come first serve basis if not reserved.

Four sites (#10, #11, #12, and #28) have been designated for those with physical disabilities. These concrete sites are level and have accessible grills, picnic tables, and lantern holders. Sites #12 and #28 have 30-amp electrical service and #10 and #11 are non-electric sites. Once the campground is full these four sites will become available to all campers.

Directions: From Warsaw, 4.3 miles north on US 65, 2.8 miles west on State Rd. T, south 1 mile on county gravel road. Fees: $8 - $20. See current prices on website.

Group Camp A: Facilities include 19 level, well-shaded campsites with electricity and a group shelter complete with lights, electrical receptacles, barbecue grill, and eight picnic tables. Available by reservation only - $100 per night.

Group Camp B: Facilities include 20 level, well-shaded campsites (without electricity) and a group shelter complete with lights, electrical receptacles, barbecue grill, and eight picnic tables. Available by reservation only - $80 per night.

Group Camp C does not contain individual campsites. Facilities include a mowed area for tents, chat parking area adjacent to a group shelter complete with lights, electrical receptacles, barbecue grill, and eight picnic tables. Available by reservation only - $50 per night.

Windsor Crossing Park (Corps of Engineers)

Windsor Crossing is located on the Tebo Creek arm of Truman Lake, approximately one mile north of Leesville, Missouri. The park contains a boat launching ramp, swimming beach, and campground. The campground contains 47 campsites. Shower facilities and electricity are not available.

Three sites (#2, #3, and #22) have been designated for those with physical disabilities. These concrete sites are level and have accessible grills, picnic tables, and lantern holders. Once the campground is full these sites will become available to all campers.

Directions: From Clinton, Missouri south on State Hwy 7, 11 miles to State Route PP then west 3 miles. Campsite Fees: $8 basic campsite - no electrical sites are available.

Truman Lake Trailsmore

Truman State Park Nature Trails
Truman State Park Nature TrailsThe landscape is a mix of trees and natural grasslands that is very characteristic of Missouri's western Ozarks. Dry and very open oak woodlands cover much of the park with bands of rocky prairies intermingled on slopes facing to the south and west. In this, Harry S Truman State Park is a prime example of what the western Ozarks looked like when the first European settlers came on the scene. Abundant wildflowers, including aromatic aster, wild indigo, mountain mint, ashy sunflower and sensitive briar, are nestled among the eastern red cedar, dwarf hackberry and blackjack oak trees. Native grasses such as big bluestem and Indian grass carpet the landscape.

On a walk along the Western Wallflower Glade Trail, one of two trails in the park, hiking enthusiasts experience firsthand the glade and savanna habitat that is being preserved in its pre-settlement conditions. It is one of the best places in the park to view widely spaced oaks that still shade a mantle of prairie grasses and wildflowers. The brilliant orange beauty known as the western wallflower, a member of the mustard family, can be found on the glades in the park. This flower and other species, such as stick leaf, Missouri spurge and plains muhly grass, do not exist in other Missouri state parks and are uncommon in the state.

The Bluff Ridge Trail traverses forests and glades and passes near a bluff that overlooks Truman Lake. The north-facing slope on the first part of the trail, with its richer, moister soil, contains many large red oaks with a smaller understory of sugar maples. A highlight along the trail is one of the park's many bluff outcroppings. These limestone bluffs provide a home to many unusual plants including the widow's cross.

An alert visitor can observe close-up the abundant wildlife in this semi-isolated peninsular setting. The park is home to foxes, coyote, beaver and pileated woodpeckers. It is not uncommon to see white-tailed deer and wild turkeys feeding near the campground.

Truman Lake Equestrianmore

Truman Lake Equestrian Trails
Truman Lake Equestrian TrailsTrail riders will find nearly 50 miles of developed trails to explore at Truman Lake. The most extensive trail system is located adjacent to Berry Bend Equestrian Campground. There is approximately 37 miles of trail leading from Berry Bend Equestrian Campground. The trail is divided into two separate loops: the West Trail and the East Trail. Mile markers have been installed to aid users in determining their distance from Berry Bend Equestrian. Riders and hikers have several options for trips of varying lengths. The West Trail traverses many steep ridges and valleys. It is a challenge to both horse and rider. The East Trail is somewhat more level and overlooks the lake in several areas. It is recommended that your animal be in good riding condition and be adequately shod to provide protection from the rocky terrain.

The Berry Bend Equestrian Campground is designated for equestrian use only and is open year round. The campground is undoubtedly one of the finest in the country. Facilities include a shower building with laundry facilities, sanitary dump station, 89 campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, lantern hangers, and children's playground. Electrical hookups are available at 24 sites and all season water hydrants are scattered throughout the campground. Corrals and overhead tie posts are located at some of the campsites. Individual sites are available on a first come/first serve and reservation basis. All equine using the campground must have a negative coggins test and out of state horses must also have health papers. To reserve a campsite call toll free 1-877-444-6777 or make your reservation on line at: http://ReserveUSA.com

The Smith Bend Equestrian Trail is an another trail system, located across the lake approximately 12 miles southwest of Berry Bend North. Smith Bend trails contain 13 miles of developed trails and a parking lot at the trailhead.

Visitors should maximize their safety and enjoyment by avoiding the peak hunting seasons, as all trails are located on lands open for public hunting. The trails are designated for equestrian and hiking only. Wheeled vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted.

BERRY BEND EQUESTRIAN ADDITIONAL CAMPGROUND RULES:

1. The Berry Bend Equestrian Campground is for equestrian campers only. Equestrian day users should unload horses and access trails at Shelter #1 located on the main entrance road.
2. All horses entering the campground must have a VS Form 10-11 showing proof of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test within the past 12 months. Horses from out of state must have an official certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate).
3. Horse trailers may not be cleaned out at the dump station.
4. All pets must be kept out of the shower building.
5. Horses must be tethered so they cannot bark the trees.
6. All refuse must be cleaned from campsite and corrals and taken to the compost piles located in the park.

Truman Lake ORV Areasmore

Truman Lake ORV Areas
Truman Lake ORV AreasCooper Creek Off-Road Vehicle Area is located south of Clinton, Missouri near the town of Deepwater. The area is designated for off road vehicle use including dirt bikes, all terrain vehicles, and dune buggies. Large vehicles such as pick-ups and jeeps are prohibited. Only motorized vehicles can utilize the park areas.

Cooper Creek is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is the only place on the Truman project that off road vehicles are allowed. Cooper Creek Park covers approximately 400 acres of hills, trails, and open areas and is divided into a north and a south riding area. The north riding area is 90 acres in size. The south area has a parking area and restroom and is much larger with over 300 acres containing more intricate trails. Use of the area is free.

The riding area's boundaries are either fenced or signed. Riders outside the riding area boundaries are subject to receive citations.

Cooper Creek Area is managed for multiple uses. The City of Deepwater manages a boat ramp located between the north and south riding areas. The land surrounding the riding area is privately owned or is managed for wildlife.

It is unlawful to operate ORV's on a state right-of-way or Henry County roads. This includes all of the roads within the Cooper Creek Area and Highway 13. A crossing zone has been established for riders traveling between the north and south riding areas. All riders must come to a complete stop and then proceed with caution. Observe all traffic and safety signs. Parking areas are for loading and unloading only. Ride slowly in these areas.

When using Cooper Creek, please keep the safety of yourself and others using the area in mind. Use all proper safety equipment. An adult should accompany young riders.

Camping is not permitted in the Cooper Creek Area. The nearest Corps of Engineers Campground is Sparrowfoot just south of Clinton.

Truman Lake Map

Truman Lake Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 1.5 miles NW of Warsaw off Hwy 83

Contact: Harry.S.Truman@Nwk02.usace.army.mil

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