Clearwater Lake Management Lands

Driving Directions

From Piedmont, take Route HH west 5 miles.


Facilities/features: boat ramps, fishing docks, picnic areas, viewing blinds, and Clearwater Lake (1,630 acres).

General Information





  • Fishing regulations and opportunities vary greatly on this Conservation Area. This area can be divided into the Black River upstream of Clearwater Lake, Clearwater Lake, and the Black River downstream of Clearwater Lake. For additional information see the Activities Section or call the Southeast Regional Office.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good opportunities exist with diverse habitats. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Corps of Engineers operates 5 campgrounds on the lake.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Walk-in camping is possible with a permit from the Corps of Engineers (573-223-7777). Seasonal closures may apply. 
Canoeing  On lake and the Black River. Canoe rentals are available nearby. 
Fishing - Bass Good population. Lake regulations apply on Clearwater Lake. Stream regulations apply in Black River upstream of Charlton Bluff and downstream of Clearwater Dam. In the Black River upstream of the Lake, smallmouth bass are common. In the Lake, largemouth bass and spotted bass are the most numerous. In the Black River downstream of Clearwater Lake, spotted bass are abundant. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population. Anglers interested in crappie should fish the brushpiles located throughout the lake. Contact Paul Cieslewicz ( at the Southeast Regional office for a brushpile location map.  
Fishing - Other Good population. White Bass: Anglers interested in white bass should fish upstream of Bluff View Marina in April. Walleye: The Black River downstream of Clearwater Lake supports excellent walleye and good paddlefish populations.  
Hiking  On interior 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-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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.  
Other  Lake access by three concrete boat ramps (Webb Creek Park, Piedmont Park, and Bluff View Park) and one gravel ramp off of Highway RA (Thurman Point). Lower Black River can be accessed from a concrete boat ramp at River Road Park. All parks are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. 573-223-7777 for information or lake brochure. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot  11   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Clearwater Lake 1630.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Black River - lower 1.40 miles  
Stream - Permanent Black River - upper 9.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Logan Creek 7.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Webb Creek 4.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Sinking Creek 4.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Total Area Acres:12659.00 

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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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