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Updated on July 28, 2013

General Information


  • Pomme De Terre Lake and Dam is located just northwest of Buffalo and just northeast of Bolivar, in the Southwest portion of Missouri. The closest towns are Pittsburg and Hermitage, Missouri located on either side of the lake and both of these towns offer area antique shops and more.


  • Pomme De Terre lake has four marinas situated throughout the lake area and four paved boat launching ramps.


  • Fishing is popular at this lake and you can cast for walleye, catfish, bass, crappie and muskie. Pomme De Terre lake is the only lake in Missouri that offers muskellunge fishing. There are numerous fishing spots in cleared areas and a fishing pier on the Pittsburg side of the lake.
  • The walk to the pier overlooking the spillway is just a few minutes from parking and is not a difficult trail although this is not a true hiking trail. There are two trails for hiking.


  • Cedar Bluff Trail is 1.5 miles and is located on the south side of the Hermitage campground shower house. Hiking shoes should be worn due to rocks and slippery surfaces but there are resting places on this trail to take in views and observe the wildlife. Squirrels, and birds of all kinds can be viewed on this trail and occasional wildlife such as deer or fox.
  • Indian Point Trail is almost three miles and can take more than two hours to hike. This trail head is located on the Pittsburg side of the lake and numerous varieties of wildflowers can be seen among the shady forest in addition to the area wildlife and birds. Woodpeckers are a favorite on this trail.


  • There are two large beaches for swimming. One on each side of the lake.


  • There are campsites available on both sides of the lake that offer plenty of shade and large areas for campfires at your site. The Pittsburg side of the lake offers year round camping but there are certain limitations for the off-season so call ahead for any questions.


  • Have you ever heard of a yurt? A yurt is a permanent tent- like structure with a locking door and provides bedding and a small refrigerator. So if you don't have room for a tent and bedding in your vehicle, go for a yurt. You take the same things you would need if you were using a tent minus the tent and the bedding! Pomme De Terre offers this alternative lodging on the Pittsburg side of the park. Rentable yurts sleep up to six and are $50.00 per night.



The Harbor Marina hosts a floating restaurant and outdoor cabana-style lounge featuring live bands and dancing with family atmosphere and prices. There are large boat docks on either side of the floating cabana and lounge.



While Pomme De Terre lake offers campers all of the typical campsite amenities, it offers so much more - From the muskie fishing, the yurts and the Harbor Marina floating lounge. It is a vacation spot for family members of all ages to enjoy with easy and close access to nearby towns.

Perhaps my own family favorite - the breathtaking, open sky sunsets. In evening hours, the small wildlife begin to materialize from the Missouri oaks, ash, maple and hickory trees. The sun lowers in the horizon, casting a glow on the water and life just seems to calmly whisper, "Everything is right with the world."




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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Nice article. I learned something. Never thought of Missouri as a recreational spot, but that's my own prejudice. Looks fun. Thx. Voted up and shared.