Truman Reservoir Management Lands (Gouge Eye)

Driving Directions

From Clinton, take Highway 7 east, then Route W south, and east on SE 550.

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  Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Lakeshore fishing  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Lakeshore fishing  
Hiking  Hiking permitted along several area access trails.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Along the lake shore only. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot   On North end of area, along Co Rd SE 550. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake - Shoreline Truman Reservoir 1.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Pretty Bob Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 387.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 86.00 Due to the new lease with COE, the acreage numbers changed 
Wetland 100.00 Flood Zone along Truman Lake. 
Total Area Acres:573.00 

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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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