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COUNCIL BLUFF RECREATION AREA, MO

part ofMark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: COUNCIL BLUFF RECREATION AREA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Council Bluff Recreation Area is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors. The Wild Boar Campground and sheltered picnic area, available for individual families or large groups, is next to the largest lake in the Mark Twain National Forest. The area provides ample opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming and more.

Natural Features:

Located in southern Missouri, the Council Bluff Lake was created by a dam across Big River. It is 440 acres in size and 87 feet deep in some places.

The Chapel Hill Beach is at the eastern end of the campground and provides 54,000 square-feet of sandy beach. Visitors can either walk or drive to the lake.

Recreation:

Boating is a popular pastime on the lake, but all boats on the lake must operate at a no-wake speed. Visitors can access the water via the two boat ramps located at the lake.

Canoeing, swimming and fishing are also available. Anglers can expect a catch of a variety of freshwater fish, including bass bluegills, catfish and crappies.

The 12-mile Council Bluff Trail encircles the lake, with spurs to the campground. Hikers can enjoy scenic views of the lake and a look at the Mark Twain wilderness.

Waterfowl hunting is permitted on Council Bluff Lake and the nearby Enough Fields provide upland game opportunities. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the heavily wooded area.

Facilities:

The Wild Boar Ridge Campground offers multiple single-family, large group and walk-in sites, available for tent and RV camping. Each is equipped with tables, lantern posts and campfire rings or campfire circles, with grills.

The large group sites can accommodate up to 50 people and a nearby picnic pavilion can hold up to 75. The pavilion is paved, with a roof overhead and is equipped with multiple tables and grills.

Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Electricity is not available, but some sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The beach provides accessible flush toilets, drinking water and coin-operated showers. A small play area with a slide and climbing structure is adjacent to the beach.

Nearby Attractions:

The Trace Creek section of the Ozark Trail is located just west of the recreation area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Sites
  • Hunting
  • Lantern Posts
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
Know Before You Go
  • Drinking water is not available in the campground from Nov. 1 to April 1.
  • Additional fees are collected for use of the boat ramp
  • Additional fees are charged for parking
  • Horses and off-road vehicles are prohibited in developed areas
  • Click Here for more information on the Mark Twain National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.70833, -90.94167
37°42'30"N, 90°56'30"W

From Potosi, take Highway P south for 10 miles to C Highway junction. Continue on C Highway for less than a mile to DD Highway junction. Turn left on DD Highway and continue for approximately 5 miles to the recreation area entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COUNCIL BLUFF RECREATION AREA
State Hwy. DD
Belgrade  MO  63622

Phone Number:

Information:  (573)766-5765
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