Stockton Lake, located on the Sac River, is nestled among the rolling, tree covered hills at the western edge of the Missouri Ozarks. This area was historically controlled by the Osage Indians.
Construction of the 24,900 acre lake began in 1963, and was completed in 1969. Over 16,000 acres of the wildlife area surrounding Stockton Lake is leased to the Missouri Department of Conservation for management and public use.
The MDC managed portion has a diverse mix of open grasslands, timbered areas, glades, and old fields. A variety of opportunities exist for both consumptive and non-consumptive users. Hunting opportunities are available for turkey, deer, doves, quail, rabbit, squirrel, and waterfowl as well as other species.
Mushroom hunters find Stockton Lake appealling as well. Bird watchers will find an abundance of Bald Eagles during the winter months, in addition to a waterfowl and shorebird viewing blind located in the Aldrich Refuge. A 14-mile multi-use trail is available for horseback/bicyling/hiking on the Big Sac Arm of the Lake.