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BENTON COUNTY MUSEUM
It’s new! It’s fresh! It’s chock full of Benton County memorabilia!
Come enjoy the Benton County Museum at 1660 Hilltop Drive, Warsaw across from Farmers Bank. The Benton County Historical Society has created an appealing setting for the county’s collection of artifacts demonstrating our rich cultural history and heritage.
Do you remember when families joined together in the parlor to make music together?
Do you know what an old-fashioned icebox looks like?
Have you seen the buttons made from shells from the Osage River?
Stories of Benton County people are told by their belongings and by the many display boards throughout the museum. The goals of individuals and families remain the same through time but the ways these goals are met are unique and interesting.
Regular hours for the museum are be Friday-Sunday 10AM-4PM. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 3-12. Open April through October.
Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park:
Smiles for Miles
Trails for Everyone
Open year round, Berry Bend Equestrian Campground includes a shower building with laundry facilities, dump station, 89 camp sites with fire rings, picnic tables, lantern hangers, (24 with electrical hook-ups), a playground, and nearly 37 miles of trail for horseback riding and hiking. Water, laundry and shower facilities are available from mid-April to mid-October, weather permitting. The trails will be closed November 1st and will reopen on Thanksgiving Day to maximize your safety and enjoyment during periods of intense hunting pressure.
All horses entering the campground must have VS Form 10-11 showing proof of a negative Equine infectious Anemia (EIA) test within the last 12 months. Additionally, horses from out of state must have an official certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate).
Berry Bend RT 2 BOX 29A,Warsaw, Missouri USA, 65355-9603 (660) 438-7317
Drake Harbor is located behind the Community Building. The Harbor has recently gone thru a massive renovation. It is enjoyed by Warsaw residents for numerous outdoor activities including walking, biking, boating, fishing and enjoying the riverfront. An amphitheater has recently been completed for community use.
If you are planning on boating in for a visit to downtown Warsaw call 660-438-5522 to reserve a slip.
Drake Harbor is the home of many community events including: Jubilee Days, Heritage Days, The Cigar Box Festival, Car Shows, and the Christmas Lighted Displays.
For more information visit www.welcometowarsaw.com or www.visitbentoncomo.com
Warsaw Riverfront Trails-Linked by the Joe Dice Swinging Bridge
Two nine hole courses are challenging and fun for all ages and skill levels.
MK White Park right off Main Street is a more open course, with lake views and a few trees.
Shawnee Bend Disc Golf Course is located at Shawnee Bend Park, and features both wide open throws and tight turns into the trees.
Lost Valley Hatchery is located on Lost Valley Road just northeast of Warsaw, MO. At 969 acres, it is the largest state-owned hatchery in Missouri and is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The facility was constructed using funds from both the Sport Fish Restoration Act and MDC. Lost Valley is a warm water hatchery and produces a variety of fish species in 77 rearing ponds including: walleye, muskellunge, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, channel catfish, hybrid sunfish, fathead minnows, and golden shiners. The hatchery also raises the federally endangered Topeka shiner and propagates various species of state endangered mussels. The fish species produced by the hatchery are stocked into rivers and lakes statewide.
The area at Lost Valley encompasses several habitats like glades, mixed forest, and open grassland. The area east of the access road is open to archery hunting of deer and shotgun and archery hunting of other species. There is ample opportunity to walk, hike, take photos, and bird watch. Lost Valley Hatchery also includes a 2,000 square foot visitor center with exhibits that focus on warm water fish culture, fishing, and MDC’s role in aquatic resource management. The visitor center includes two large windows where visitors can view the production room and a 12,700 gallon aquarium containing many of our native species. The center is open year round and admission is free.
Lost Valley Hatchery hosts an annual Kids Fishing Day for children 15 and under. Participants fish in a ½ acre stocked pond for channel catfish and hybrid sunfish. Children can participate in a variety of other activities during the course of the day and also receive a free gift with registration. Throughout the day, drawings are held for tackle boxes and fishing poles as well. Lunch is provided and the event is free to the public.
For more information visit http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/Applications/MOATLAS/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=8930
The Osage River
Harry S. Truman Dam
The Largest Flood-control Reservoir In The State
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to one of Missouri’s most popular recreation lakes. Construction of the flood control dam and reservoir began in 1964 and was completed in 1979. The Harry S. Truman Dam, located on the Osage River about 1 ½ miles northwest of Warsaw, consists of an earth/rock embankment, concrete spillway and hydroelectric power plant.
An abundance of fish and wildlife can be found in and around Harry S. Truman Reservoir. Millions of fish are stocked in the lake by the Department of Conservation. Known for its crappie and bass, many tournaments are held each year on Truman Lake. White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, quail and waterfowl are also abundant residents and visitors around the lake. The lake provides habitats for bald eagles and pairs are often present during the summer months.
The Visitor’s Center offers and provides a wonderful representation of the history of the dam and provides an excellent observation deck for viewing the area. The grounds have hiking trails and 1800’s buildings to explore.
Lake brochure: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Portals/29/docs/lakesites/truman/Truman-Brochure.pdf
Learn the history of Truman Dam & Reservoir and the recreational opportunities around the area.
TRUMAN LAKE: A Recreational Paradise
The tree-studded shoreline of Truman Lake provides some of the best bass and crappie fishing in the nation. There are 20 parks and access areas located conveniently around the lake.
The open water of Truman Lake, which has 55,600 acres of water surface, is a great venue for enjoying any kind of water sport you ever wanted to try.
Truman Lake was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are more than 100,000 acres of land surrounding the lake that provides wonderful opportunities for horseback riding, camping, hiking and biking, bird watching, and photography, Truman Lake is close enough to Warsaw to be convenient, yet once you arrive you feel you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
The Osage River: Headwaters of Lake of the Ozarks
A New Vacation Experience
A whole different kind of vacation experience is waiting for you at the Upper Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Don’t worry about traffic jams, big boats swamping you with their wake or any bright lights and big city noises.
What is here is the tranquil, unspoiled paradise known as “the quiet end of the Lake of the Ozarks.” Family vacations, a weekend getaway or maybe even a romantic time with your sweetie, these are what we’re all about. There are cabins, quaint dining and even camping available. The Upper Arm has just enough nature mixed with an adequate amount of civilization to make your stay the best of both worlds.
Visit the overlook for regional history, information, and a spectacular view of Truman Lake.
Disc Golf: 2 Courses
The Butterfield Overland Route to Lincoln, Cole Camp, and Windsor