Truman Reservoir Management Lands (Bethlehem)

Driving Directions

From Clinton, take Highway 7 east 3 miles, then Route AA south to the area.

About This Area

Harry S. Truman Reservoir management lands consist of 58,133 acres distributed around the reservoir in parts of Henry, Benton, Hickory, and St. Clair counties in west central Missouri. The reservoir lies within the upper Osage River basin where the Ozarks meet the Plains.

Historically, Native Americans occupying this area were principally Osage, Shawnee and Kickapoo. Early explorers and pioneers making their way west traveled the basin, while the French trapped along the Osage River and traded with the Native Americans. Place names like Marais des Cygnes, Marmaton, Pomme de Terre, and Thibaut are vivid reminders of the early French influence in the Upper Osage Valley.

General Information

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(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Area roads and field trails provide a wide variety of viewing opportunities. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. Check with Clinton office on dove hunting opportunities. 
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  To obtain a Special Use Permit contact the Clinton Office.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake - Shoreline Truman Lake 16.00 miles  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 4 1.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Deer Creek 0.90 miles  
Stream - Permanent Sparrow Foot Creek 1.20 miles  
Stream - Permanent Dumpling Creek 1.10 miles  
Stream - Permanent Dillion Creek 1.60 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 2.50  
Crop Land 840.00  
Forest and Woodland 251.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 218.00  
Old Field 1888.50  
Glade 80.00  
Wetland 65.00 Depends on lake level and available habitat. 
Total Area Acres:3345.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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