Council Bluff Lake.


Mar 11, 2001
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Council Bluff Lake.

Compiled by Tim Renken of the Post-Dispatch.


Most people say the thing they like most about fishing, camping, etc., is just being outdoors.

That means the setting is important. There are few places prettier or more pleasant than Council Bluff Lake.

This little reservoir, 440 acres of clear water nestled in the mountains of the Mark Twain National Forest, offers fishing that ranges from fair to difficult. It contains a fair number of largemouth bass, channel cat, redear and bluegill, but often they aren't easy to catch because of the clear water.

The Wild Boar Campground overlooking the lake has 39 single, seven double, nine walk-in and four group sites. Each has a table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spot. Some of the sites will accommodate an RV of up to 40 feet long, but there are no hookups. Water is available, but the toilets are vault-style and there is no sewer dump station.

A 13-mile hiking and mountain bike trail surrounds the lake. You might see deer, turkey and a host of deep-woods and water birds. You won't see bobcats, but they might see you.

It's a great place to use a canoe or small boat. There's no horsepower limit on outboards, but there is a no-wake speed limit. To get there, take Missouri Route 21 south from St. Louis to Potosi. On Route P go south 13 miles to Route C. Turn right a quarter-mile, then go left on DD. From there it's about seven miles of winding backcountry blacktop to the entrance.

For more information see Or call the Potosi District office, 573-438-5427.

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