Missouri June 13, 2016
There’s Something Magical About These 11 Missouri Lakes In The Summer
Ahh, summertime. The world is lush and green and the temperature’s a-sizzling. Where can you find many Missourians during these hot, humid (and wonderful) days of summer? At the lake, of course. Here are nearly a dozen that promise a magical getaway on top of sweet relief from the heat. Who needs the ocean when you can visit the sandy beach in No. 5?
1. Lake of the Ozarks
This massive reservoir was created by impounding the Osage River. This serpentine-shaped lake is also known as "The Magic Dragon."
2. Big Lake
This 646-acre lake adjacent to Big Lake State Park is a peaceful oasis perfect for fishing, bird-watching and whiling away the summer days.
3. Creve Coeur Lake
Creve Coeur Lake is the largest natural lake in the state. Take a leisurely stroll around the scenic watering hole, fish a little, or watch sailboats sail up and down the waterway.
4. Lake Taneycomo
This man-made lake offers some of the best fly-fishing around.
5. Table Rock Lake
The 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake has nearly 800 miles of shoreline. One particularly popular spot to go for a dip is Moonshine Beach.
6. Lake Jacomo
Located just outside Kansas City, the 970-acre Lake Jacomo offers boating, fishing and scenic hiking. It's particulary popular with windsurfers and sailors.
7. Pomme de Terre Lake
Set up camp at one of Pomme de Terre Lake's more than 650 campsites. Here you can swim, fish, water ski and more.
8. Stockton Lake
Why wouldn't you want to spend a summer day here? The 25,000-acre lake includes a sailing school and some of the best bass fishing in the state.
9. Harry S. Truman Lake
Settle in for a day of summertime fun at Truman Lake's sand beach and marina. The water's clear, the view is scenic and the list of water recreation it offers is lengthy.
10. Lake Wappapello
This scenic lake offers idyllic campgrounds, as well as boating, hiking, and more.
11. Mark Twain Lake
This sizable lake offers it all: boating, swimming, fishing and swimming. For those not too keen on the water, there are scenic hiking trails and plenty of picnic spots.
What’s your favorite Missouri lake hideout? Tell us in the comments below!