Truman Reservoir Management Lands (Cross Timbers)

Driving Directions

From Hermitage, take Highway 54 east 1 mile, then Route U north 2 miles, then County Road 281 west across the iron bridge to the access.

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





  • This information relates to the portion of the land around Harry S. Truman Lake that the Missouri Department of Conservation manages under a license agreement for fish and wildlife management.
  • Hickory County portion managed by Kevin Hedgpeth (417) 751-3856; Benton County portion managed by Matt Hill (417) 876 5226.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Riparian corridor, grassland, waterfowl and woodland species observed. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Seasonal opportunities (March - April) for walleye and white bass. 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hunting-Deer Good 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 Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good 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.  
Nature Viewing   
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other   Scenic overlook 
Parking Lot   Gravel parking lots 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake - Shoreline Truman Lake  8.00 miles  
Fishing Lake or Pond Sapps 1.00 acres 1 acre stocked fishing pond 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Total Area Acres:4815.00 

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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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