Pomme De Terre Lake

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.

Damsite Park has 80 sites with electric and water hookups, 7 non-electric sites and 1 tent site. Amenities include a dump station, two shower houses, a horse shoe pits, and a playground.

Need to Know

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.

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.


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.

Contact Information


24312 State Hwy 254 Hermitage, MO 65668 MO

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 417-745-2244, OR CONTACT THE POMME DE TERRE PROJECT OFFICE AT 417-745-6411

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

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.

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