Which Missouri Lake Should You Visit?
Each lake around southwest Missouri has its own unique personality, so whether you’re looking to catch a muskie or get some sun, this roundup has you covered.
Go to Beaver Lake to check out the limestone bluffs
Make the trip down to Northwest Arkansas for a chance to see the towering limestone bluffs at Beaver Lake. Explore the natural caves, discover the history of how the lake was made or just hang out on the water and marvel at the limestone formations. No worries about it being too far, either; the lake has modern campsites perfect for an overnight stay with the whole family. Just don’t forget the s’mores.
Go to Fellows Lake to fish for muskie
Make the trip to Fellows Lake for an all-day fishing spot with a chance to catch a large muskie. Rent a boat and get an all-day permit at the marina before heading out on the water to look for the muskie this lake is famous for. While you’re waiting for a muskie to bite, you might catch a few other types of fish, like walleye and largemouth bass. The bait shop also has a few snacks and ice cream treats.
Go to Norfork Lake for white sand swimming beaches
Explore the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches of Norfork Lake in Arkansas if you’re looking to unwind. Rent a boat at one of the many marinas or resorts around the lake and boat to Jordan Island—known locally as Sand Island—for plenty of shallow water to float or play in. Just remember to uphold Norfork’s long-standing “Leave No Trace” rule!
Go to Pomme de Terre Lake for great swimming beaches
For those who are looking for a more relaxed way to spend your lake day, make your way to one of Pomme de Terre Lake’s two swimming beaches. Lounge out in your beach chair and watch the kids swim or hop in the water with a floaty and enjoy the waves from the jet-skiers. Either way, this lake offers a sandy beach where you can lie back and enjoy your weekend, the sun, the water and the family.
Go to Lake Springfield to rent a canoe or kayak
Visit the Lake Springfield Boathouse this season to rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Take your pick of transportation and spend the day exploring the lake along the 4.5 mile long James River Water Trail, which passes by Galloway Creek and Crighton Access. Rent hourly or, for those who don’t skip arm day, go ahead and choose the four-hour option for a full day of paddling.
Go to Stockton Lake for sailing
Looking for a way to sail on open waters without traveling hundreds of miles to the ocean? Stockton Lake offers 25,000 acres of unspoiled water and a chance to sail on one of the best sailing lakes in the country. Rent your own boat and spend the day with the wind in your hair or head to the marina to have a guide take you out on one of the many sailboats.
Go to Table Rock Lake for a classic cove out
Table Rock Lake is a consistent favorite in the Ozarks, and a trip out to this popular destination will show you why. Stay at one of the many lakeside resorts, rent a boat at the closest marina, and head to one of the many coves along the lake. One of the most visited is the Cow Creek Party Cove. Drop the anchor, grab a drink, and enjoy! There are also some boat-up bars and restaurants to check out.
Go to Lake Taneycomo for trout fishing
If you’re on the hunt for a place to catch trout up to 20 inches long, head to Lake Taneycomo. The lake is stocked annually with hundreds of thousands of rainbow and brown trout. If you’re looking to change it up a bit, the headwaters of the lake have been known to be a good place to fly fish. Most of the lake is fairly shallow, so bring your waders and spend the day, literally, waist-deep in trout.