Top 5 Missouri Recreational Lakes to Check Out

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While your little slice of on water heaven may be right out your back door, it's still fun to hitch up the boat trailer, pack a cooler and head on down the road to check out other well-known boating locations. We understand that need just as much as the next boater. Check out some new turf, get away from the same ol' cove or bank, and see what the hubbub is all about at some of Missouri's popular recreational lakes. This week, Firstmate Controls, the best boat lift control manufacturer in Missouri, is sharing with you our "Top 5" list of boating lakes to check out in Missouri: 


1. Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's largest destination lake, Lake of the Ozarks is centrally located in Missouri, stretching across four counties. It's known as ‘The Magic Dragon’ because of its serpentine shape. It is a massive reservoir that was created by the damming of the Osage River in 1931. It has more than 1,150 total miles of shoreline, including a main channel that stretches 92 miles, and is known as the "Best Recreational Lake" according to USA Today.

2. Table Rock
Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake in The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. It is one of the popular draws for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri. There are several commercial marinas along the lake, and Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. Downstream from the dam, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo.

3. Bull Shoals

Bull Shoals Lake offers diverse wildlife species, varied fisheries, open waters for sailing and boating, picnic shelters and swimming areas, boat ramps, and scuba opportunities. Visitors enjoy these and many other recreational opportunities. The reservoir lies in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. The wooded shoreline of Bull Shoals Lake is mostly undeveloped and protected by a buffer zone.

4. Truman Lake
This 55,600-plus acre lake offers 958 miles of coast line and has created a diverse wildlife area rich in the history of Osage Indians, explorers, fur trappers, traders and settlers. Truman Lake is a great location for fishing, even in the winter, as power from Truman Dam helps heat the water. Truman Lake is nationally known for its excellent crappie and bass fishing. The reservoir is fed by four rivers and several small streams, creating a broad diversity for fishing.

5. Pomme de Terre
Pomme de Terre Lake is located in the rugged, tree covered hills of the west central Missouri Ozarks on the Pomme de Terre River. The Pomme de Terre Project was authorized by Congress in 1938 as part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Missouri River Basin, but has become well known for other benefits of the lake including recreational use, fish and wildlife management and water quality improvement.

There you have it - 5 lakes to check out around Missouri. So start planning your next road trip to one of these fun recreational lakes. Do you have a favorite body of water in Missouri that you think everyone should visit? Did we miss a lake that you think should have made our Top 5 list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Don't forget, that the Firstmate boat lift remote control makes it easy for you to get on and off the water, saving you time at the dock, thus allowing you to load up your boat at the ramp more quickly for impromptu road trips like the ones you should be planning! For more information about our marine electronic equipment and systems, visit our website today!

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