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Osage Lakes Region, Missouri

Water, and plenty of it, is a big part of the appeal in the Osage Lakes Region. Nearly half of the state's impounded waters await visitors here in west-central Missouri. You'll also find generous helpings of history, scenic countryside, state parks and friendly towns.


Whether you're relaxing at a family resort near the water, visiting an art or history musum, or enjoying the scenery along a country road, you'll be glad you visited Missouri's Osage Lakes Region. For vacation fun, it's a "natural".

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Stockton Lake Fishing

Stockton 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

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Dunnegan Memorial Park

Bolivar living is enhanced by three public parks, Dunnegan Memorial Park is on the north side of Bolivar. It is equipped with pavilions, rest rooms, picnic tables and playground equipment, plus, a small lake populated with ducks, geese, and peacocks.

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Bolivar, MO Recreation


Polk County Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse, completed in 1907, dominates the square in the county seat of Bolivar. Both the county and the city were organized in 1835. The county covers 642 square miles and is home to about 27,000

Bolivar, MO Historic Courthouses

Truman State Park Nature Trails

The landscape is a mix of trees and natural grasslands that is very characteristic of Missouri'

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Stockton Lake Area Equestrian Trails

Take 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.

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Northward Museum / Polk County Historical Society

The North Ward Museum is housed in the North Ward Elementary School built in 1903 which was purchased by a local family and donated to the Historical Society of Polk County. Hundreds of objects and documents touching on area history are on display and stored in the Museum'

Bolivar, MO Museums

Stockton Lake Campgrounds

Eleven 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 (

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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

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Truman Fishing

Truman 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

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Stockton Lake Area Hunting

Whether 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

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