Truman Reservoir Management Lands (Deepwater Creek)

Driving Directions

From Deepwater, take Highway 52 west, then SW 401 north, and SW 600 east.

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.

This area contains numerous small pockets of remnant and reconstructed prairie, as well as sandstone outcrops with a diverse mix of prairie and glade species. Unique sandstone outcrops and sandstone bluffs can be found along Deepwater Creek.

Eagle nests are active in this area.

General Information

Kansas City




Area Deer Regulations have changed for this area, for further information consult the Fall Deer and Turkey pamphlet.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  The county roads that pass through the area should provide a good opportunity to bird watch. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Access is fair on the Deepwater Creek WMA. Deadend roads provide a good opportunity to bank fish. 
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 Good population. Contact the Clinton Office for updates on Dove management. 
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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 Good population. Depends on lake level and habitat conditions. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact the Clinton Office for more information. 

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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 10.00 miles  
Fishing Lake or Pond Whitaker Lake 10.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 9 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 11 2.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 12 2.00 acres  
Named Wetland Tower Road Marsh 20.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Deepwater Creek 5.10 miles  
Stream - Permanent Marshalls Creek 5.80 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 14.50  
Crop Land 1120.00  
Forest and Woodland 916.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 200.00  
Old Field 2710.50  
Savanna 50.00  
Wetland 20.00  
Native Prairie 600.00  
Total Area Acres:5631.00 

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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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