Lake Springfield (Springfield City Utilities)

Driving Directions

On Highway 65, go west on James River Expressway to National Avenue and turn south. At Briar Street, turn east and continue as Briar becomes Kissick Avenue and tracks south to the dam. Clay Henshaw Memorial Access (on the west side of Lake Springfield) is just past the dam on the left. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield just west of the Highway 65 Bridge), take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65; take Evans Road west, then Southwood Road north.


This area contains a 318-acre lake along with boat ramps, fishing jetties, fishing docks, picnic facilities and a pavilion.

About This Area

Lake Springfield is a cooling water supply lake for the James River Power Plant.

In the early 1990's the Missouri Department of Conservation entered into a Community Assistance Program (CAP) agreement with City Utilities of Springfield.

Through this agreement, a boat ramp, fishing dock, and several fishing platforms were constructed at Clay Henshaw Memorial Access and Southwood Access.

Anglers have the opportunity to pursue largemouth bass, channel catfish, and a variety of sunfish species.

The lake is also used by kayakers and canoeists.

General Information





City Utilities of Springfield


  • Two accesses are located on the lake. Henshaw Access is located on the west end and Southwood Access is located at the east end of the lake. Both accesses are owned and maintained by City Utilities of Springfield.
  • Springfield-Greene County Park Board provides additional recreational activities at Lake Springfield Park which is located on the north side of the lake.
  • City Utilities of Springfield enforces a 6-HP motor limit on Lake Springfield.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Bald eagles are known winter at Lake Springfield, and is the site for the Springfield Conservation Nature Center's Eagle Days. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  The upper end of Lake Springfield provides canoeing and kayaking opportunties, and is part of the James River Water Trail. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board provides canoe and kayak rentals at Lake Springfield Park. For more information, please call (417) 864-1049.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Highlighted Activities  Eagle Days in conjunction with Springfield Nature Center  
Hiking  An asphalt walking trail was developed along the northshore of Lake Springfield at Lake Springfield Park in 2006. The trail is maintained by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. 
Other  Lake Springfield Park, operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, provides a pavilion, playground, picnic areas, walking trail, and additional shoreline fishing opportunities. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Lake Springfield Park. For more information, please call (417) 864-1049.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Lake Springfield, at Southwood Access.  
Dock - Fishingaccessible  At Henshaw Access. 
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  5 area at Henshaw Access. 1 is at Southwood Access. 
Parking Lotaccessible  1 at Henshaw Access and 1 at Southwood Access. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  2 at Henshaw Access and 1 at Southwood Access. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Lake Springfield 318.00 acres Lake Springfield is a shallow lake, and boats are limited to 6 HP motors or less.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 318.00  
Total Area Acres:312.00 

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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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