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Stockton State Park
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Stockton State Park Lunch III © Rocky Keirn
So he takes the fish to the bank and swallows it whole.
Stockton State Park Lunch over © Rocky Keirn
This is the end of the story of the Heron the fish and the Gull.
Stockton State Park Setting sun © Rocky Keirn
These fishermen are catching the last rays of light on a warm September afternoon at the dam on Stockton lake.
Stockton State Park Lunch you say © Rocky Keirn
Out of the way little bird, big bird wants that fish.
Stockton State Park Im out of here © Rocky Keirn
This fellow was enjoying his fish till.........
Stockton State Park Lunch © Rocky Keirn
This Gull was eating on a fish out in the lake till a Heron took it away from him.
Stockton State Park Aw Lunch © Rocky Keirn
Just dove right in and took the Gulls fish.
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19100 S. Hwy. 215
Dadeville, Missouri   65635

Phone: 417-276-4259
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
Email: park email button icon
Sail away on the clear waters of Stockton Lake. Fish, water ski, scuba dive, swim or just relax. Whatever your preference, Stockton State Park can satisfy your craving for water recreation.

The Stockton area's open topography creates a dependable southwest breeze perfect for sailing. Fishermen can cast their lines for bass, crappie, walleye, catfish and bluegill. Stockton State Park's marina rents a variety of boats ranging from personal watercrafts to sail boats. The park has two launching ramps, making lake access easy.

A swimming beach accommodates visitors who would rather play in the water than on it. For land dwellers, Stockton State Park is the perfect destination for photographers, bird watchers and nature lovers. All park guests can enjoy lunch at a shaded picnic table, under one of two open shelters that overlook the lake, or in the park's dining lodge.

After a fun-filled day of activity, visitors can relax and camp under the stars at one of the park's basic or electric campsites, or rent a motel room or duplex cabin with kitchenette.

For an action-packed vacation or a quiet day sailing or fishing, Stockton State Park provides the perfect natural setting.
Stay inside Stockton State Park and enjoy all the beauty that Missouri's hidden gem has to offer. Whether you enjoy the cozy motel rooms, the spacious condominiums or the new log camper cabins, Stockton State Park is your "home" away from home.

Motel rooms have single and double beds and will sleep three comfortably, while the condos have a full kitchen with two queen size beds and will sleep six. There is a two night minimum stay on weekends and three nights on holidays. Major credit cards are accepted. The units are open March through October.

For 2006, condominium rates range from $89 to $109 (plus tax); motel rooms range from $36 to $44 (plus tax); and the camper cabins are $49 (plus tax). Reservations are not accepted by e-mail.

Our full service restaurant and marina are just steps away.
Marina and Park Store

Your marina host, Ron Mary, and his experienced staff can satisfy your every need from ice to waverunner rental. The crew at the store will ensure that your vacation is both enjoyable and safe. For more information about the concession facilities, please call (417) 276-5329 or visit their Web site at

We feature Sundancer pontoon boats and Yamaha waverunners along with the freshest bait on the lake. Forgot your pole? No problem! We've got you covered with the finest tackle for rent or purchase.
A sand beach, with a restroom and changehouse facility, is located at the north end of the park. The beach area is not supervised by a lifeguard and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Also located nearby is a picnic area with tables and outdoor grills.
Boat Launch

The park has concrete boat ramps at both the marina and at Hartley Cove. There are no launch fees or motor restrictions at Stockton State Park.

A quiet cove or secluded shoreline is not hard to find at Stockton Lake. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including bass, white bass, crappie, walleye, catfish or bluegill. Fishing is not allowed near the boat ramps or the marina area; there are no motor restrictions on the lake.

Stockton State Park is located near Springfield

Stockton State Park is a perfect venue for hosting large family gatherings and special outings. Two large open picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 guests can be reserved at a rate of $35 per day. The north shelter, which overlooks the lake, is a reproduction of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work done in the 1930s. The north shelter includes electrical outlets, picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to restroom facilities. The south shelter located in close proximity to the marina boat launch, features children?s playground equipment as well as picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to restroom facilities. If not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are also three main picnic areas located off of Highway 215 as you enter the park that are open to all visitors during park hours. These areas are equipped with outdoor grills, picnic tables and have a children?s playground facility located nearby.

There are also playground facilities located in the vicinities of the south shelter and the west loop campground.
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy a 7.5-mile trail, suitable for all skill levels. Be aware of potential wildlife encounters.

The park's terrain varies from flat to hilly, so be prepared for some challenging sections on your ride.

Remember that the trails are multi-use; always yield to pedestrians and horseback riders when biking.

During peak season or after heavy rainfalls, certain areas may become crowded or muddy - plan accordingly with caution in mind.

Helmets are strongly recommended while cycling within this recreational area due its varied landscape features and shared use nature.

Ensure you have ample water supply as there aren't many refill stations along the bike routes here.

Always follow posted signs regarding speed limits and right-of-way rules during your bicycle journey through these scenic landscapes.

Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species around the park's lake, forest and grasslands. Guided birding tours are available.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 26 luv it by scottrussell
park review stars; one to five clean facillities, clean water to swim and fish in and clean camp sites...had a great time
March 14 What quiet, serene beauty! by jkb
park review stars; one to five This to me is so much better vacationing than at other overcrowded and commercialized areas. It is so quiet and beautiful. The fishing is out of this world. There are cabins at the park as well as outside the park in case they are full. I enjoyed every moment. No crowds, no trash, just peaceful outdoors. Swimming, fishing and boating. What a joy.
March 6 great park
park review stars; one to five Beautiful state park. Very peaceful. Nice accomodations. We go back several times each year. Highly recommended. Quiet. This is a sailing lake.
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From Springfield : Stockton State Park is approximately one hour from Springfield. Travel north on Hwy. 13 to Bolivar where you will turn west onto Hwy. 32. At the square in Stockton, turn south onto Hwy. 39 and travel about four and one-half miles to Hwy. 215. Turn left at this intersection onto Hwy. 215 and travel east/southeast crossing Stockton Lake on the "mile-long" bridge. Hwy. 215 runs through the state park.

From Joplin : Stockton State Park is approximately one and one-half hours from Joplin. Travel north on U.S. Hwy. 71 to Lamar; then take Hwy. 160 east to Greenfield. Turn left/north onto Hwy. 39 and continue for about 20 miles to Hwy. 215. Turn right at this intersection onto Hwy. 215 and travel east/southeast crossing Stockton Lake on the "mile-long" bridge. Hwy. 215 runs through the state park.

From Kansas CityStockton State Park is approximately two to two and one-half hours from Kansas City. Travel south on U.S. Hwy. 71 to Nevada; then take U.S. Hwy. 54 to El Dorado Springs. Turn south onto Hwy. 32 and travel to Stockton. At the four-way stop in Stockton, turn south onto Hwy. 39 and travel about four miles to Hwy. 215. Turn left at this intersection onto Hwy. 215 and travel east/southeast crossing Stockton Lake on the "mile-long" bridge. Hwy. 215 runs through the state park.

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