Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area


To rent a boat, please call 217-617-3006 during daylight hours except Sunday mornings. The concessionaire will make arrangements to meet you on Friday evening between 1pm and 7pm or Saturday morning between 7am and 12pm.

You are responsible for your rental boat so if you plan to keep it for multiple days please bring your own padlock, you will also be required to lock your boat with the MDC padlock upon your departure. The concessionaire will not be making additional trips to the area to lock and unlock boats. If you come during the week and plan to rent a boat for multiple days, the concessionaire may meet you and rent a boat at his discretion.”

Driving Directions

Southeast entrance: From Newark, take Route KK north 1 mile to the area.
West entrance: From Newark, take Highway 156 west, then Route E north to several access roads along the way. Watch for signs.

About This Area

This 1,248-acre area consists of gently rolling uplands that are 10 percent timbered. The forest is mostly oak/hickory. A variety of woodland edge wildlife are present, including deer, turkey and quail. During the winter and spring, ducks and geese are frequently observed on the area.

The original 747-acre tract was purchased through a trust fund established by Henry Sever upon his death in 1941. The land was deeded to the Conservation Department in 1959.

The area features the 158-acre Henry Sever Lake, which was built in 1960. The lake is periodically stocked with channel catfish and blue catfish and is home to one of only two muskellunge populations in northeastern Missouri.

Native grass has been planted to supplement the remnants of prairie once found on the area. These areas support numerous small mammals and birds and many contain native prairie forbs.

Management of the Henry Sever Conservation Area is geared toward public use and the protection of soil and water quality. Land management tools include farming operations, controlled burns, tree planting, and timber harvest.

The area has a disabled-accessible fishing dock and privies. It also has an improved campground with gravel pads, fire grates, and privies. The area also has a concrete boat ramp, fishing jetties for bank anglers, and privies.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Stream regulations apply to fishing below the dam.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Allowed on multi-use trail. 
Camping - Individual Campsites  Six campsites available for equestrian users only.   
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping is allowed in the 84 site campground. All have a nearby privy, potable water, parking pads and many have fire rings. Camping for horseback riders is not allowed at campsites 1-84.   Campers without horses are asked to use the campgrounds on the East side of the lake.  Horseback riders may load and unload and camp at horsecamp on west side of lake.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Muskie 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill and Redear Sunfish 
Horseback Riding  Horseback riding is allowed on the 7.5 mile multi use trail. Horseback riding is not allowed during firearms deer and the youth and regular spring turkey seasons.  
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. Click on link to dove management map (available in August). 
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. Waterfowl hunting allowed on Sever Lake. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Henry Sever Lake   
Boats for Rent   Seasonal through November 1st - Boat rental is $5/day plus deposit.  Must make arrangements with concessionaire by calling 217-617-3006 between the hours of 1 PM and Sunset daily.  Motors, lights, and personal flotation devices are not provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Horse Camp   
Dock - Boat/Courtesy   Includes fish cleaning station. 
Dock - Fishingaccessible   
Fishing Jetty/Platform    
OtheraccessibleDisabled Hunting Access   
Parking Lotaccessible 10  Includes three disabled accessible parking lots.  
Pavilion Shelter House  Lit structure with bar-b-que grill and picnic tables. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  The area has three disabled accessible privies located adjacent to the barrier-free fishing dock, at the horse camp and in campground B.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Henry Sever Lake 158.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 200.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 119.00  
Forest and Woodland 349.00  
Native Prairie 85.00  
Old Field 335.00  
Lakes/Ponds 160.00  
Total Area Acres:1248.29 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail (Easy) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 7.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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