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Pomme de Terre Lake

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About Pomme de Terre Lake

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. Project Planning was initiated in 1947 and actual construction began in 1957. The lake was completed in 1961.

The Dam

Pomme de Terre Dam

Pomme de Terre Dam, an earth and rockfill embankment, is 7,240 feet long and stands 155 feet above the streambed. The dam's impervious core was made of heavily compacted clay and is virtually watertight. A sand drain allows any water that passes through the clay core to pass safely through the dam.

The outlet works, consisting of the control tower, tunnel and stilling basin, permits the controlled release of water through the dam. The control tower is equipped with two hydraulically operated gates which regulate the flow of water through the tunnel. The stilling basin reduces the force of the water flowing downstream into the outlet channel.

The Lake

The Pomme de Terre River and Lindley Creek are the major sources of surface water in the Pomme de Terre River basin. The river basin is approximately 50 miles long and 28 miles wide. It drains a total area of 828 square miles of which 611 square miles are located upstream of the dam.

Pomme de Terre Lake covers 7,790 acres with 113 miles of shoreline and can expand to as much as 16,100 acres during periods of heavy rain as excess runoff is impounded to prevent downstream flooding. Pomme de Terre Lake works in conjunction with several other Corps of Engineers operated lakes to provide flood protection for the Osage River Basin and the lower Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Other benefits of the lake include recreation, fish and wildlife management and water quality improvement.


The clear water of Pomme de Terre Lake and the rolling hills provide an excellent setting for camping, pinicking, swimming, fishing and almost any recreational activity. Over 650 campsites, ranging from rustic to those with modern conveniences like electric and water hookups, are located in 9 public use areas situated to provide access to most areas of the lake.

Lake Level, Moon Phase and Weather
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Lake Level 841.03



Fishing Report

Fishing Report

Normal Pool Elevation 839

Pomme de Terre fishing report 01/02/2013

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