Springfield City Util (Lake Springfield)

About this Area

Total Acres

Lake Springfield is a cooling water supply lake for the James River Power Plant. In the early 1990's the Missouri Department of Conservation entered into a Community Assistance Program (CAP) agreement with City Utilities of Springfield. Through this agreement, a boat ramp, fishing dock, and several fishing platforms were constructed at Clay Henshaw Memorial Access and Southwood Access. Anglers have the opportunity to pursue largemouth bass, channel catfish, and a variety of sunfish species. The lake is also used by kayakers and canoeists.

This area is owned and maintained by City Utilities of Springfield.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing DockFishing Dock
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • 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
On Highway 65, go west on James River Expressway to National Avenue and turn south. At Briar Street, turn east and continue as Briar becomes Kissick Avenue and tracks south to the dam. Clay Henshaw Memorial Access (on the west side of Lake Springfield) is just past the dam on the left. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield just west of the Highway 65 Bridge), take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65; take Evans Road west, then Southwood Road north.
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