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Missouri Lakes and Outdoors

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OutdoorsMO.com is Missouri's premier resource for the great Missouri Outdoors. This is your one stop for information on Missouri Lakes, Rivers, Campgrounds, and Trails. We will be adding new content weekly, so be sure to come back and see us often.

Missouri is home to a number of national parks and recreational places with an area of 202,000 acres that attracts roughly around 16,695 visitors annually. There are two major airport hubs – the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. Traveling around the state of Missouri can be made either by rail, bus, rivers, and roads.

Anyone who loves the outdoors will love Missouri, as the state holds hundreds of natural areas, state parks, the country’s most famous trail, and thousands of spots for hunting and fishing. It definitely is the place to be for the outdoor enthusiast.

State parks are some of Missouri’s natural wonders. Another great thing for visitors is that the most beautiful state parks are located within minutes of each other. Most of these are a short 80-mile drive from St. Louis. Missouri state parks are also a great place for hiking and mountain biking that offers spectacular scenery because of the Missouri Ozark Plateau, the Arcadia Valley Region as well as the Black River Recreation Area.

Missouri boasts numerous rolling hills, mountains, and flowing river valleys. Because of these, the state offers many wonderful and exciting horseback riding opportunities.

Enjoy various water activities that suit your taste whether it is canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or tubing. Missouri has several beautiful rivers like the famous Black River. Both veteran and novice floaters will truly have a great time with the changing outdoor experience from spring through fall.

Look around the site and find something to do, then get outside and enjoy the Great Missouri Outdoors!

Wyaconda River, Missouri


Located southeast of Iowa and northeast of Missouri, the Wyaconda River is a 5th order spring. From surveys back in 1988, there were around 45 species of fish in the area which makes this an interesting go to place for fishing enthusiasts.
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Little Dixie Lake, Missouri

Little Dixie Lake is located at the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area, which is mainly forest and grassland. The Conservation Department’s efforts to maintain the area makes it ideal for spotting wildlife and encouraging nature photography. In addition to the 205 acre Little Dixie Lake, there are also ponds constructed for wildlife. The 22 ponds […]


Roaring River Spring, Missouri

Roaring River Spring starts in deep canyon below a cliff inside Roaring River State Park. Around 20 million gallons gush from the spring every day. The Roaring River Spring is one of the premier White Ribbon Trout Areas in Missouri. Trophy Brown and Rainbow trout are abundant in the spring. Roaring River State Park has […]


White River, Missouri

The White River starts in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas flowing through southern Ozarks of Souther Missouri. The North Fork of the White River has great waters for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. It is also one of the best Trout fishing and fly fishing spots in all of Missouri. One popular spot is on the […]


Meramec River, Missouri

The Meramec River, one of the longest free flowing rivers in Missouri, is about 200-miles long. It starts in the agricultural county of Dent, Missouri, and ends up joining the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri. The Meramec River is fed by Meramec Spring and several smaller springs and can be floated year round. The […]


Mark Twain Lake, Missouri

Mark Twain Lake is the largest lake in northern Missouri. The Clarence Cannon Dam was constructed on the Salt River. Surrounding the lake is public land, and the Mark Twain State Park. There is plenty of things to do at the state park, including camping, a swimming beach, hiking trails, picnic areas, and a playground. […]


Whitewater River, Missouri

The Whitewater River is close to Cape Girardeau, right around the Missouri-Illinois border area. The Whitewater River is a good place for canoe and kayak lovers. The best time to visit is around the fall or spring when there is less rain.


Chariton River, Missouri

The 218-mile long Chariton River also called the “Grand Divide” because rivers west of the Chariton River flow into the Missouri River, and the rivers east of the Chariton River flow into the Mississippi River. This muddy river ends at the Missouri River near Chariton County. Fishing for catfish is a popular activity on this […]


Little Compton Lake, Missouri

Little Compton Lake located inside the Little Compton Lake Conservation Area provides an excellent spot for fishing. Fish species include largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, carp, and buffalo. There is also hunting in the 120 acre forest along the Gran River. The area contains a good number of deer, turkey and, waterfowl. Bird watching […]


Lake Wappapello, Missouri

A great spot to visit Lake Wappapello is at the Lake Wappapello State Park. This picturesque lake is a beautiful lake on the St. Francis River. This 8,400 acre lake is a great fishing lake with lots of secluded coves. You can also go swimming, biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and horseback riding. Canoeing the […]