About Stockton Lake

Here are some FUN facts about beautiful Stockton Lake. Stockton Lake has 25,000 acres of uncrowded surface water and 33,000 acres of public land. The water in Stockton Lake is absolutely beautiful! One of the reasons is the Army Corp of Engineers forbids development on the lake. There are only three marinas on the shores and private housing is only at specified distances from the shoreline. Boat ramps are designated and the natural beauty of the shoreline is not cluttered by private home and docks.

Man created the lake but natural clear water and clean shorelines contribute to the beauty of this jewel of a lake with limestone bluffs, massive cedar trees and natural places for fish to spawn. There is an abundance of fish here, tiger muskie, crappie, blue gill, channel cat, white bass, walleye and black bass. The streams leading into the lake are natural hiding places to test the fishing skills of every sportsman. There are almost three hundred miles of shoreline to make the wildlife a challenge to hunt. With more than 20,000 acres of public hunting, the Stockton Lake are has an abundance of big deer and some of the best wild turkey hunting you will find anywhere in the state. A hiker may spy deer, raccoon, possum, quail, dove, squirrel, rabbit, turkey, ducks, geese and the elusive eagle.

The Lake has twelve park areas with modern facilities, excellent safe drinking water and camping areas. Two trail heads have camping facilities for the horseback rider leading to extensive riding trails around the lake.

This deep-water lake is used for scuba diving because it is so clear. This is the number one sailing lake in the state of Missouri because of the prevailing winds. The Stockton Lake Yacht Club has a very active racing and social season with several events each month from April to October. Swimming is great with six sandy beaches in the park areas. Boating of all kinds make this a haven for water enthusiast.

Stockton Lake is an excellent choice to escape the hustle of city life and most of all it's centrally located. Four major highways surround it. Kansas City is only 135 miles northwest, and St. Louis 270 miles northeast. Springfield is a one-hour drive south, and is home to the Bass Pro Shop, one of Missouri's most visited attractions. If you enjoy nightlife and entertainment, Branson is only an hour and a half away and has more live entertainment theaters than anywhere in the United States.

Take the time to discover the beauty and serenity of the "Best Kept Secret in Missouri" and get away to Stockton Lake.