Stockton Lake, located in western Missouri, was created in 1969 when the US Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Sac River near Stockton to create a supplemental water source for Springfield while providing power generation, flood control and recreation.
Covering more than 24,000 acres with pristine waters contained by a 298-mile shoreline located in terrain of bluffs, banks and flats, there is little protection from the perpetual winds which blow across Stockton Lake. Sailing enthusiasts travel from all over the nation, to take advantage of the constant breezes on Stockton Lake.
The Stockton Yacht Club hosts annual sailboat races, including the Governor's Cup Regatta.
Other on-the-water activities include canoeing, boating, wake boarding, tubing, water skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving, swimming and fishing. Out-of-the-water activities offered by Stockton State Park include hiking, camping, picnicking and horseback riding.
Growth in the walleye population at Stockton Lake, due to diligent stocking efforts, allures anglers looking for exceptional catches of the marble-eyed walleye.
Stockton Lake holds a few records for producing some of Missouri's largest fish: In 1994, Kevin Clingan's Smallmouth Bass weighed seven-pounds two-ounces; in 1986; Ned Posenki's Tiger Muskellunge weighed 22-pounds, in 1975; Gene Moore's Northern Pike weighed 18-pounds nine-ounces; and in 1971, Paul Dilley's Green Sunfish weighed two-pounds two-ounces.
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Stockton Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes, which allows excellent opportunities for water sports' lovers.
There are lots of fee-free, public-access, concrete boat launching ramps around the lake along with three full-service marinas, which provide fuel, tackle, supplies, snacks and boat rentals.
Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns, Resorts and more flourish around Stockton Lake to entice every taste so to encourage visitors to stay a while.
Available from April 1 through Oct 31, The Stockton State Park Offers campgrounds, duplexes and log cabins, all with a variety of optional amenities.
The Lake Resource Guide offers information on lodging and other facilities in the area.
The closest major city to Stockton Lake is Springfield. Other nearby cities and towns: Bolivar, Greenfield, Carthage, Clinton, Joplin and Eldorado Springs. Stockton Lake flows through parts of southeastern Cedar County, northeastern Dade County and southwestern Polk County.
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