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Truman Lake

The largest man-made lake in Missouri, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, commonly referred to as Truman Lake was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers for power generation and flood protection. Nestled in the Harry S. Truman State Park, in mid-western Missouri, the lake provides 55,600 acres of recreational waters for fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing and more.

Harry S. Truman Lake and State Park offer a variety of recreational off-the-water activities which include hunting, hiking, horseback riding and camping.


With an undisturbed 958-mile shoreline of trees and rock and bluff banks and coves, Truman Lake offers excellent fishing spots with a variety of fish to pursue.

The most sought after fish in Truman Lake includes black bass, white bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and walleye, among others.

Truman Lake produced two of Missouri's record catches. In 2001, Johnny L. Ash caught a Gizzard Shad weighing in at one pound six ounces and, in 2009, Gerald Wright caught a Redhorse Shorthead that weighed two pounds 14 ounces.


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    Truman Lake Missouri Coordinates:
38.2631N -93.4047W
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Surface Area:
55,600 acres
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654 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Truman Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes. Lots of public-access boat launch ramps offer easy access to the water and five full-service marinas around Truman Lake offer boat rentals, boating and fishing supplies, storage and groceries.


Truman Lake lodging options include campgrounds, and other lodging facilities around the lake and in nearby towns.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and other attractions in the area.


The closest major city to Truman Lake is Springfield. Other nearby cities and towns: Clinton, Warsaw, Osceola, Jefferson City and Harrisonville. Truman Lake flows through parts of Benton, Henry, St. Clair and Hickory counties.

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