Fellows Lake in Missouri
|Location||Greene County, Missouri|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||860 acres (3.5 km2)|
|Surface elevation||1,260 ft (380 m)|
|Settlements||Springfield - 13.1 Miles Kansas City - 173.4 Miles|
Fellows Lake is an 860-acre (3.5 km2) source of water for the city of Springfield, Missouri. The lake was created by the impoundment of the Little Sac River behind the Fellows Lake Dam. The dam was originally constructed in 1955 and modified in 1991. The earthen and rock dam stands 102 feet high. It is 1500 feet long at its crest and impounds a maximum capacity of 36,368 acre-feet. Fellows Lake is managed cooperatively by City Utilities of Springfield and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The lake is also developing into one of the state's premier fisheries of Muskellunge. Muskies approaching 50 inches (1.3 m) are occasionally caught; such sizes are not matched by any other Muskellunge habitat in the state.
Due to its proximity to Springfield, Fellows Lake boasts an array of public areas for picnicking, barbecuing, and gathering places. The park surrounding the lake to the north houses one large pavilion on a large open grass area which is frequently used by kite-fliers. The lake also houses two major boat docks and one year-round marina for boat storage. A permit is required to launch a boat.
There is also a small 50-yard (46 m) remote control airplane field run by the Springfield RC Club one mile (1.6 km) north of the lake.
Sport fishing opportunities include largemouth bass, black and white crappie, catfish, walleye, muskie, and white bass. Sunfish, carp, and perch are frequently caught. Muskies are stocked yearly by the conservation department.
The marina was inspected by city engineers and found that the metal bracing substructure was deteriorated. They determined that the dock would be at the end of its life span in 2019. City Utilities plans to close the marina at the end of their lease with the marina's owner.
- "MDC Fellows Lake Brochure" (PDF). March 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- "Future uncertain for popular Fellows Lake Marina". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
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