Stockton Lake

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Stockton Lake
USACE Stockton Lake and Dam.jpg
Stockton Lake and Dam
Location Cedar / Dade / Polk counties, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 37°38′34″N 93°46′15″W / 37.6428°N 93.7707°W / 37.6428; -93.7707Coordinates: 37°38′34″N 93°46′15″W / 37.6428°N 93.7707°W / 37.6428; -93.7707
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Sac River, Little Sac River
Primary outflows Sac River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 39 sq mi (100 km2)

Stockton Lake is located in southeastern Cedar County, northeastern Dade County, and southwestern Polk County, Missouri. The lake is 'V' shaped, and covers 39 square miles (100 km2), with 298 miles (480 km) of shoreline. It has three marinas, and 10 public-use areas. It has a "non-development policy," and is surrounded by unspoiled, tree-covered hills. Its banks are owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Boaters anchored together enjoying a day on Stockton Lake.

Stockton Lake is one of Missouri's seven major lakes, all man-made. It was formed by damming the Sac River near the city of Stockton in 1969. The lake is crossed by three state highways over a network of six bridges. A pipeline carries water from Stockton Lake to Fellows Lake in northern Greene County to help supplement water for the city of Springfield. Stockton lake has numerous coves protected from the wind making it a great lake to wakeboard, waterski or do any other water sport.

Stockton Equestrian Trail[edit]

Stockton Lake features an equestrian trail that is approximately 15 miles long and travels in close proximity along the lake shore from Hawker Point to Orleans Trail Campgrounds.[1] This is a multi use trail for Hikers and Mountain biking, there are no motorized vehicles allowed.

Sailing at Stockton[edit]

Sailing is a very popular activity at Stockton Lake.

The great sailing conditions are fueled by winds whipping up from Oklahoma and Kansas, consistently blowing from west to east across the lake. About one-third of the 300 mile lake is accessible to sailboats, the bridges across the lake on Highway 215 and 245 prevent most sail boats from going farther on the lake but this section of lake is still an ideal location for sailing. The Stockton Yacht club holds annual races on the lake that usually draw a large number of boats, with the most prestigious of these races being the Governor's Cup Regatta.

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