warsaw missouri

Kids Fishing Day 2018

Feel Free to Have Fun!

Shooting Ranges

Golden Valley Shooting Range is located 6 miles west of Clinton, MO on 18 Hwy.  Use of the range is free of charge and is available on a first come first serve basis.  For more information on the shooting range  contact Missouri Department of Conservation at 660-885-6981.

Directions to Shooting Range: West of Clinton on Highway 18 to SW 100, turn south, go 0.75 mile to Shooting Range entrance on right side of road.  Closed on Wednesday.

American Legion Post 217 operates a shooting sports complex for the benefit of members and the community.  The trap range offers two trap houses for trap shooting that is open spring, summer and fall.  The trap range is normally open April through October on Thursdays from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 P.M. with discounted rates offered for Legion members. Trap leagues are also offered when there is enough interest. A youth shooting program is offered each summer to introduce middle and high school students to trap shooting.  This program is offered at no cost to the youth.

A fundraising and building project is underway to expand the complex to offer a small arms and pistol range and a clubhouse with restroom facilities with complete handicap accessibility. When completed, shooting events for wounded warriors and disabled veterans will be offered. Plans are also to offer shooting opportunities especially for women as well as competitive air rifle shooting for youth.

The shooting sports complex operates completely with volunteers.  If you are interested in shooting, volunteering, or donating, contact Don Kersey, Range Manager at 660-438-3150 or Jim Breckon at 660-438-7250.

Visit the overlook for regional history, information, and a spectacular view of Truman Lake.

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.  A 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: Relay for Life, Triathlon, Heritage Days and the Christmas Lighted Displays.

For more information visit www.welcometowarsaw.com  or www.visitbentoncomo.com



LostValley Hatchery

 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.

Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Tuesday through Saturday year round.  The center is closed during the Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving holidays. To contact the hatchery, phone 660-438-4465 or email LostValHatchery@mdc.mo.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/Applications/MOATLAS/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=8930 

Cooper Creek OVR Riding Area - 400 Hundred Acres With a Variety of Riding Terrain

Cooper Creek ATV area is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and is the only area on Truman Lake where ATV's and dirt bikes are allowed.  Cooper Creek Park covers approximately 400 acres of hills, trails and open riding.

The Cooper Creek ATV area is located one mile east of the town of Deepwater and is easily accessible by State Highway 13 and Henry County Road SE 700.  The riding area boundaries are either fenced or signed.

For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit the Harry S. Truman website at www.nwk.usace.army.mil/ht or contact the project office at 660-438-7317

 Keep Safety In Mind...Medical Help is about 10 miles from Cooper Creek ATV area.


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.

When you enter the museum you will see a steamboat captain’s view of the Osage River as well as a large-scale model of a paddle wheel representing the exciting steamboat era of the Osage River at Warsaw. The sixteen foot historical timeline on the wall highlights important events in Benton County, the USA and the world from 1835-1985.

As you peer into the display rooms, you will be reminded of days gone by.

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.

What’s a museum without a gift shop? The Historical Society’s gift shop will offer items of historical interest, items unique to Benton County, as well as, handmade articles from area residents.

Regular hours for the museum will be Friday-Sunday 10AM-4PM. Admission will be $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 3-12.

Come see for yourself the “new” Benton County Historical Museum and learn of the joys, the accomplishments and the hardships experienced by the people of Benton County, Missouri!


Equestrian Trails
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

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 & Resevoir and the recreational opportunities around the area.


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, provides ample skiing and boating recreation.

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 hunting.  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.

So, if you are looking to do some boating, catch that big fish, or just absorb some rays, Truman Lake offers the best of all worlds.

 Upper Arm of the Osage River....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.

Of course there is also that Tom Turkey or Big Buck when the season is right.  Hunting, fishing, relaxing on the dock or hiking in the woods, what more could you want?