Tailwaters Access (Springfield City Utilities)

Driving Directions

Located below Lake Springfield dam on the James River. From Highway 65, go west on James River Expressway to National Avenue and turn south. At Briar Street, turn left and continue east as Briar turns into Kissick Avenue and continues south across the dam; look for the access road on the right (next to the James River power plant).

About This Area

Tailwaters Access provides access to the James River, just below Lake Springfield Dam. Anglers primarily fish for channel catfish at this location. Other species present include largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish. The area is owned and maintained by City Utilities of Springfield.

General Information





City Utilities of Springfield

(417) 863-9000

  • Tailwaters Access is maintained by City Utilities of Springfield.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  James River. A ramp exists at the access area, but canoiest will have to portage their canoe around a low water crossing 0.25 mile downstream.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  

Go to Top of Page

Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   James River Canoe Ramp - Not intended for boat trailer launching.  
Parking Lotaccessible   

Go to Top of Page

Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent James River 0.25 miles  

Go to Top of Page

Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 1.00  
Total Area Acres:1.00 

Go to Top of Page

Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

Go to Top of Page

Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

Go to Top of Page