Thomas Hill Reservoir CA

  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing JettyFishing Jetty
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary
Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer,
    • Quail
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie

About this Area

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Thomas Hill Reservoir CA
Thomas Hill Reservoir, southwest of Macon, was constructed to provide a source of water to cool a power plant owned by the Associated Electric Cooperative of Springfield, Missouri.
Missouri Department of Conservation

The Thomas Hill Reservoir Conservation Area property is owned by Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. of Springfield, MO. The reservoir was constructed to provide a source of water to cool the power plant during energy production. The public is restricted from a small portion of the area near the power plant.

The area is managed by the Conservation Department under a multi-year lease. The area consists of the 4,950-acre Thomas Hill Reservoir, surrounded by 4,381 acres of land which is approximately 60 percent open and 40 percent forested. The area has 2.2 miles of stream frontage on the Middle Fork of the Little Chariton River. The north end of the reservoir features several wetland units, created and maintained by beavers, that attract a variety of nesting and migrating birds.

Management of the area includes farming, timber harvest, and controlled burns to improve wildlife habitat and increase species diversity.

Thomas Hill Reservoir is managed primarily for largemouth bass, crappie, hybrid striped bass and catfish. The warm water discharge remains ice-free during the winter providing a unique winter fishing opportunity.

Bald eagles are present on the reservoir and can usually be seen from Route T, especially in the winter.

The area also has an improved campground with concrete pads, shelters, fire grates, and privies. Three concrete boat ramps are located on the lake.

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
Directions
From Macon, take Highway 36 west 5.25 miles, then Route C south 10 miles to College Mound, then Route T west 2.40 miles to the main entrance.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information