Ella Ewing Lake Conservation Area

About this Area

Total Acres

Ewing (Ella) Lake CA

Scenic view of lake with trees in background.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Ella Ewing Lake Conservation Area, in Scotland County, was purchased in 1967. The lake had previously been built by the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the Bear Creek Watershed Project and was intended to be a flood control structure. The lake was built under Public Law 566 and was completed in 1965.
Upon purchase by the Department, the property was named Ella Ewing Lake after the local legend, Ella Ewing who was the worlds tallest woman standing eight feet, six inches tall. Ella Ewing had lived nearby from 1872 until 1913. The Department opened the lake for fishing on October 1, 1969.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack,
    • Designated Camping Sites
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From South Gorin, take Route U east 1 mile, and Route RA south 1.50 miles.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information