Montrose CA

Low water levels may impact boating access to all or portions of Montrose lake.

About this Area

For more information call
(660) 885-6981
Total Acres

In the early 1950's, a utility company bought nearly 4,000 acres of land along Deepwater Creek in Henry County as a site for a coal fired electrical generating plant and created a 1,600 acre lake to provide the water necessary to cool the plant. In 1957, the company leased land to the Missouri Department of Conservation for public use.  A new lease was given to the Missouri Department of Conservation in August of 2007.  The current lease totals 2,750 acres and will continue to be managed for public use. 

Montrose Lake, with its flow of warm water from the generating plant, offers good fishing especially for catfish. Over the years, it has also become a favorite of waterfowl and spectacular concentrations of ducks and geese visit the area each winter.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Quail,
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Fishing
    • White Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Black Bass
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Morning Draw
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary

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 Montrose, take Highway HH north 1.50 miles, then SW 1151 (RA) north 1 mile to area headquarters.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information