Truman Reservoir Management Lands (Salt Creek)

Driving Directions

From Roscoe, take Route E north 2 miles.

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 Indians. 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

Kansas City

Saint Clair



(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. Limited access to the Osage River arm of Truman Reservoir  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Limited access to the Osage River arm of Truman Reservoir  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. Limited access to the Osage River arm of Truman Reservoir  
Hunting-Deer Good population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Depends on lake level and available habitat  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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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 30.00 miles  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pasley Cove Pond 3.00 acres Pasley Cove pond is managed for a healthy fish population. There is a fence that bisects the pond on the west end, which divides public land from private land. 
Named Wetland Salt Creek Marsh 312.00 acres Salt Creek Marsh is an opportunistic marsh that provides good habitat and food source for waterfowl when the conditions are ideal. 
Stream - Intermittent West Coon Creek 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Salt Creek 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Osage River 4.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 177.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 76.00  
Forest and Woodland 2278.00  
Lakes/Ponds 4.00  
Wetland 357.00  
Old Field 1260.00  
Total Area Acres:4152.00 

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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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