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part ofPomme De Terre Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Damsite Park's Beautiful View
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


Visitors head to Damsite on Pomme de Terre Lake for days of enjoyable boating, fishing and swimming. Just as the name implies, Damsite Park is just above the dam, at the confluence of Lindley Creek and the Pomme de Terre River.

The lake is named for the river that feeds it. The phrase "Pomme de Terre" is French for potato or "apple of the earth." Most likely, the river was named by early French trappers and fur traders when they discovered plants resembling potatoes on the riverbanks.

Click here for the Lake Pomme de Terre Virtual Tour:http://www.photographyotions.net/images/usace/pomme/index.html

Natural Features:

Pomme de Terre Lake sits in the rolling Ozark hills, with 7,790-acres of sparkling surface area and 113 miles of shoreline.


Excellent fishing is found at the lake, which boasts one of the best catch ratios in the country. Each fall the lake is stocked with muskie, but crappie, largemouth and white bass are also found in abundance.

Every year on Fourth of July holiday weekend, a fireworks display takes place over the dam.


Damsite Park has 80 sites with electric hookups and 22 non-electric sites. Amenities include a dump station, two shower houses, two coin operated laundry machines, and a playground.

Nearby Attractions:

One of the best dirt tracks in the country is right down the road or enjoy a round of golf at the nearby golf course. There are also multiple trails located around this part of the lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Handicapped Site
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • During the off-season, there is no water, electricity or dump station available
  • Additional fees will be charged for additional camping units
  • Lifejackets only work if you wear them
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.90472, -93.30778
37°54'17"N, 93°18'28"W

From Springfield, MO, take US 65 north for 60 miles to Preston, MO.. Continue on Highway 54 west to Hermitage, MO., then take Highway 254/ 64 south to Carsons Corner and follow Highway 254 west toward the dam.

The entrance to Damsite Park is on the south side of Highway 254.

Contact Information:

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Phone Number:

Information:  (417)745-2244
; Project Office: (417)745-6411

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