Directions: 23296 Hwy 254, Hermitage, Missouri.
SOUTH From Springfield, Take Hwy 13 North to 1st Bolivar exit, follow Hwy 83 North for 25 miles, turn East [right] on Hwy 254 for 5.3 miles, Corp of Engineer Outlet Park entrance on North side [left] of road. The race is below the dam.
NORTH From Wheatland, Take Hwy 83 South for 3.8 miles, turn East [left] on Hwy 254 for 5.3 miles, Corp of Engineer Outlet Park park entrance on North side [left] of road. The race is below the dam.
EAST From Lake of the Ozarks, Take Hwy 54 West to Hwy 64/254 -just as you enter City of Hermitage-, turn South [left] on Hwy 64/254 for 3 miles to Hwy 254 turn West [right] -follow the Dam signs-, follow Hwy 254 for 1.8 mile, Corp of Engineer Outlet Park entrance on North side [right] of the road. The race is below the dam.
WEST From the El Dorado Springs, Take Hwy 54 East to Hwy 64/254 -past Casey’s General Store-, turn South [right] on Hwy 64/254 for 3 miles to Hwy 254 turn West [right] -follow the Dam signs-, follow Hwy 254 for 1.8 mile, Corp of Engineer Outlet Park entrance on North side [right] of the road. The race is below the dam.
About the Area – Pomme de Terre Lake is located in the rugged, tree covered hills of the west-central Missouri Ozarks on the Pomme de Terre River. At multipurpose pool Pomme de Terre Lake covers 7,790 acres and 113 miles of shoreline. Pomme de Terre Lake works in conjunction with several other Corps of Engineers operated lakes to provide flood protection for the Osage River Basin and the lower Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
The Pomme de Terre Dam is an earth and rockfill embankment, is 7,240 feet long and stands 155 feet above the stream bed. The dam’s impervious core was made of heavily compacted clay and is virtually watertight. The outlet works, consisting of the control tower, tunnel and stilling basin. The control tower is equipped with two hydraulically operated gates which controlled release of water through the dam and reduces the force of the water flowing downstream.
For sheer beauty combined with a tremendous variety of available activities, however, there are few that compare with the Pomme de Terre Lake area in Missouri. With a name that translates as “apple of the earth”, the Lake area is sure to be the apple of your family’s collective eye as you enjoy its peaceful, rural ambiance. With abundant campgrounds for families as well as fishing, hunting, water sports, and hiking, there is sure to be something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
Of course, camping and boating are but a part of the many pleasures offered by the Pomme de Terre Lake area. With an abundant supply of various species of fish – including black and white bass, channel cat, and bluegill – there is always good fishing to be had in the waters of the Lake. And if trophy fishing is your game, the Lake has been the home of muskellunge for 44 years. Your favorite style of fishing is available, whether it is from the pier, the boat, or on the lake’s many banks. As for hunters, you will find a wide variety of game animals available for your pleasure – from deer to rabbits and even doves.
There is no doubt that the Pomme de Terre Lake area in Missouri is the perfect spot for your family vacation, no matter where your tastes lie. If boating, fishing, and hunting are not your cup of tea, there are even trails for hiking! For a complete vacation experience that allows you and your family to return to the more natural environment of the great outdoors, you will be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable outdoor vacation anywhere in the country.