Clearwater Lake

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Clearwater Lake

Missouri

(573) 223-7777

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Overview

Whether it is boating, swimming, water skiing, camping, picnicking, sightseeing, hunting, or fishing, Clearwater Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can meet your recreation needs.

The absence of private boat docks appeals to those seeking a "wilderness lake," permitting boaters freedom to find a bit of unspoiled shoreline and go ashore nearly anywhere on the lake. Boating enthusiasts and skiers have acres of smooth, deep water for sport. Those who prefer canoeing will be in awe of the natural scenic beauty offered by the upper Black River.

The vicinity is noted for the grandeur of its hills, natural springs, and general outdoor beauty. The shoreline is studded with high picturesque bluffs covered with sweet williams, indented bays and coves. Oak, hickory, and maple trees are numerous, and the beauty of the area is enhanced each spring by the sight of flowering shrubs and trees, such as redbud, hawthorn, dogwood and wild plum.

Clearwater's trails and watchable wildlife area are a sightseer's delight. Each day brings new discoveries. Numerous birds and other animals can be observed year-round as well as an abundance of vegetative life. These areas offer hikers and sightseers the opportunity to be in the midst of nature.

The lake is located near three state parks and several historic sites. Information on overnight lodgings, restaurants and tourist attractions is available at chambers of commerce in towns surrounding the lake.

Map of Clearwater Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.138493, -90.773892

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Activities

  • Boating

    Clearwater Lake provides great opportunities for boating year-round. During the cold months of the year, fishing boats are usually the only watercraft in sight. However, during the summer months the lake comes alive with commotion. People enjoy skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and riding wave runners. The cool, clear water provides relief from the hot summer sun. There are three marinas, run by private concessionaires that provide fuel, supplies, and services. There are a total of 12 launch ramps scattered around the project. The launch ramps located in Webb Creek, Bluff View, and Piedmont Park require a day use fee. The absence of private boat docks appeals to those seeking a "wilderness lake," permitting boaters freedom to find a bit of unspoiled shoreline and go ashore nearly anywhere on the lake. Boating enthusiasts and skiers have acres of smooth, deep water for sport. Those who prefer canoeing will be in awe of the natural scenic beauty offered by the upper Black River

  • Camping

    Camping opportunities abound at Clearwater Lake. With over 390 campsites, ranging from rustic to full electric and water hook-up, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your camping experience. Camping is offered year round, so no matter what your favorite camping season, you can enjoy it at Clearwater Lake.

    The Lake area has many areas that are ideal for primitive camping. Campers must obtain a permit prior to any primitive camping at Clearwater Lake. This permit may be used to locate your camp group in the event of an emergency. Remember to carry out all rubbish that you bring onto the project. Permits are FREE. To obtain a permit contact the Project Office at (573) 223-7777.

  • Fishing

    Clearwater Lake is known as a particularly good crappie fishing lake. Fishermen also enjoy catching bass, bream, flathead catfish, channel catfish, walleye and carp. Below the dam, visitors may also find walleye, which are managed in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Fish shelters are placed in the lake in various areas. A map is available with the locations of these shelters.

  • Hiking

    There are several hiking trails located on the Clearwater Lake Project. These trails provide scenic views and the chance to see a large variety of wildlife. Deer, squirrel, and turkey are just a few of the types of animals that can be found along the forested trails.

    The Bluff View Nature Trail is a .6-mile hike that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. It offers a picturesque view of the lake and river valley. The trail is rated moderate in difficulty. The trailhead is located near the restrooms in C-section of Bluff View Park.

    The Black River Nature Trail is an .8-mile trail that is rated moderate and is accessible from River Road Park. It winds its way though oak-hickory hilltop woods alongside the Black River. Several locations provide benches to rest and lookout platforms for a bird's eye view of the river. Hiking this trail takes about ½ hour. This trail gives access to two other trails, the Bottom Land Forest Trail and the Blue Heron Slough Trail.

    The Bottom Land Forest Trail, located near River Road Park, can be accessed by taking the Black River Nature trail or via canoe/kayak. Canoe landings are posted along the shoreline and benches are nearby so you can sit and enjoy the scenery. This scenic trail weaves its way through a bottomland forest (of course!), cane breaks, a warm season grass field that is scattered with cactus, and on top of a bluff overlooking the Black River. This moderately difficult trail is one-mile long.

    The Blue Heron Slough Trail is the third trail near River Road Park. It is 1/5-mile long and is also accessible via the Black River Nature Trail or canoe/kayak. If you're quiet you may view great blue herons, wood ducks, and turtles in this old river channel pond. A wildlife food plot is at the end of this trail. This trail is rated moderate.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on project lands around Clearwater Lake. A proper license must be obtained from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Game species found in the area include deer, quail, squirrels, rabbit, turkey, and doves. Many people travel to this area every year to hunt the ample supply of deer in the area. Also, camping is available during the hunting season. River Road Park is open year-round with water and electricity provided. Hunting is not permitted within the recreation areas.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking facilities are available in all the parks. Many are located near playgrounds and swim beaches. Family gatherings are held year after year in the group shelters. These shelters have electricity and grills. A few even have covered stone fireplaces. These shelters can be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

  • Water Sports

    Webb Creek, Bluff View, and Piedmont Park all have designated swim beaches. These are perfect places to cool off on a hot summer day. Day use fees are charged for use of the swim beaches.

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Directions

Driving

Clearwater Lake is located seven miles west of Piedmont, or 120 miles south of St. Louis via US 67, then west on MO 34.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(573) 223-7777

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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