Harrison County Lake is located about 10 miles north of Bethany, just west of Route W. The lake was built in 1994 as a water supply and recreational reservoir. It covers 280 acres, is moderately fertile, and contains several areas with flooded timber which provide excellent fish habitat. The fishery is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through a Community Assistance Program (CAP) agreement with Harrison County. The reservoir was initially stocked by MDC with largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, and channel catfish. Crappie (white and black) have also become established in the lake. The fish population has responded well, with consistent reproduction, high growth rates, and an abundance of quality-sized fish in the creel.
Facilities at the lake include an accessible fishing jetty, a small campground with water and electric hookups, primitive camp sites, shelter house, one boat ramp, fish cleaning station, two small swimming beaches, and privies. All facilities are maintained and managed by Harrison County.
Hours of Operation
Sun 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Mon 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Bethany, take Route W north approximately 9 miles, then W222 Street west 0.50 mile to the area.
Chapter 12 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area. This area is not owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The information provided reflects regulations for activities regulated under a cooperative agreement between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the owner of the area. For more information on any activity not listed below, contact the area owner at the phone number listed in the area details section.
3CSR 10-12 110 Use of Boats and Motors
Boats may be used on this area.
3CSR 10-12 130 Fishing, General Provisions and Seasons
Fishing is prohibited on some areas managed under a cooperative agreement with the Department, but allowed on others. Special regulations may apply to fishing. To determine the fishing regulations for this area, consult the Missouri Code of State Regulations in Chapter 12 of the Wildlife Code at https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-12.pdf.