Stockton Lake Management Lands

Driving Directions

This 24,900-acre lake extends into Cedar, Dade, and Polk Counties and has many accesses. Please see map. For specific information, contact MDC's Southwest Regional Office, 2630 N. Mayfair, Springfield, MO 65803, (417) 895-6880.

About This Area

Stockton Lake, located on the Sac River, is nestled among the rolling, tree covered hills at the western edge of the Missouri Ozarks. This area was historically controlled by the Osage Indians.

Construction of the 24,900 acre lake began in 1963, and was completed in 1969. Over 16,000 acres of the wildlife area surrounding Stockton Lake is leased to the Missouri Department of Conservation for management and public use.

The MDC managed portion has a diverse mix of open grasslands, timbered areas, glades, and old fields. A variety of opportunities exist for both consumptive and non-consumptive users. Hunting opportunities are available for turkey, deer, doves, quail, rabbit, squirrel, and waterfowl as well as other species.

Mushroom hunters find Stockton Lake appealling as well. Bird watchers will find an abundance of Bald Eagles during the winter months, in addition to a waterfowl and shorebird viewing blind located in the Aldrich Refuge. A 14-mile multi-use trail is available for horseback/bicyling/hiking on the Big Sac Arm of the Lake.

General Information

Southwest

Cedar,Dade,Polk

417-895-6880

Leased

  • This information relates to the portion of the land on the arms of the Little and Big Sac River of Stockton Lake that the Missouri Department of Conservation manages under a license agreement for fish and wildlife management.
  • The Aldrich Refuge is closed to hunting, fishing, trapping, and boating from October 15 through the end of the South Zone Duck Season. The dove management area around Aldrich is restricted to non-toxic shot ONLY.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Hulston Mill Multi-use trail is open to bicycles, it's located on the Big Sac Arm of Stockton Lake.  
Bird Watching  Waterfowl and shorebird viewing blind available in the East end of the Aldrich Waterfowl Refuge, on the Little Sac Arm of Stockton Lake. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping is permitted in Corps Of Engineers and State Park campgrounds ONLY. 
Field Trials with Special Use Permit  Chase trials permitted with special use permit. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Walleye  
Fishing - Other Good population. White bass  
Fishing - Other Good population. Bowfishing carp. 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Highlighted Activities  Eagle Days at COE office @ the dam, Stockton, MO.  
Horseback Riding  Hulston Mill multi-use trail is open to horseback riding. Riders MUST stay on the designated trail. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Managed dove fields in the Aldrich area on the Little Sac Arm (non-toxic shot ONLY). There are also managed dove fields located at the West end of E. Dade 74 Road on the Big Sac Arm. 
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Stockton Lake.  1 ramp located at Aldrich, 1 ramp located at Greenfield Access, 1 ramp located at High Point.  Many other ramps located around the lake on lands administered by COE or DNR.  
Parking Lot  38   
Viewing Blind Aldrich Marsh Viewing Blind  Located in the Aldrich Waterfowl Refuge, the viewing blind was built as a cooperative effort between the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and MDC. The blind facility provides public viewing opportunities of waterfowl and shorebirds. 

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Glade Corry Branch Glade 175.00 acres Includes a 1 mile walking trail. 
Stream - Permanent Little Sac River 2.00 miles Stream fishing regulations apply upstream from the Lake boundary. Fish possessed on Stockton Lake must comply with the lake regulations. See Area Regulations. 
Stream - Permanent Sac River 1.00 miles Stream fishing regulations apply upstream from the Lake boundary. Fish possessed on Stockton Lake must comply with the lake regulations. See Area Regulations. 
Stream - Permanent Turnback Creek 0.50 miles Stream fishing regulations apply upstream from the Lake boundary. Fish possessed on Stockton Lake must comply with the lake regulations. See Area Regulations. 
Stream - Permanent Sons Creek 1.00 miles Stream fishing regulations apply upstream from the Lake boundary. Fish possessed on Stockton Lake must comply with the lake regulations. See Area Regulations. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 1500.00  
Crop Land 1500.00  
Old Field 2500.00  
Glade 500.00 Sandstone and limestone 
Wetland 100.00 Ephemeral pools, spring and man made ponds 
Savanna 2400.00  
Forest and Woodland 8072.00  
Total Area Acres:16572.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Corry Glade Walking Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.10 
Hulston Mill Trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 14.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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