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Stockton Lake, on the Sac River, is nestled among the rolling, tree-covered hills at the western edge of the Missouri Ozarks. The lake reached normal operating pool of 867 feet above mean sea level in December 1971. In 1998, Stockton Lake began providing an additional source of drinking water for the City of Springfield. An agreement between City Utilities of Springfield and the Corps of Engineers will provide approxiamately 7 million gallons of water per day for Springfield residents until the year 2040 when that number will increase to 30 million gallons per day.
Stockton Lake covers 24,900 acres with 298 miles of shoreline and can expand to 38,300 acres. Stockton Lake provides flood protection for downstream areas and is part of a network of Corps of Engineer Lakes that help control flooding in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the responsibility for managing approximately 61,000 acres of land and water at Stockton Lake. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) assists the Corps by managing 16,572 acres under a lease agreement. Land management practices used by the Corps of Engineers and MDC are engineered to preserve their natural value.
Eleven campgrounds are conveniently located around Stockton Lake. Eight are managed by the Corps of Engineers (Cedar Ridge, Crabtree Cove, Hawker Point, Masters, Orleans Trail North, Orleans Trail South, Ruark Bluff East, and Ruark Bluff West); two are operated by marina concessionaires (Orleans Trail Marina and Mutton Creek Marina); and one is operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (Stockton State Park). Campgrounds contain campsites with lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations, and water hydrants are located in most parks. Recreation areas include boat ramps, courtesy docks, campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches and playgrounds. Three marina concession facilities provide a full range of services and restaurants.
|Lake Level, Moon Phase and Weather||Last updated: Unknown||Data Provided by WeatherBug.|
|Lake Level 862.56||
Normal Pool Elevation 867
Stockton Lake Fishing Report 01/02/2013