US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Welcome to Stockton Lake

The Corps of Engineers wants to remind you to be safe no matter the season. Be sure to inspect your boats safety items before heading out. And remember, life jackets only work if you wear them!
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Camping: Regular Season Non-Electric $14.00-$16.00, Electric $18.00-$24.00. Shoulder Season Non-Electric $10.00, Electric $10.00.

Swimming Beach: Day use fee is $5.00 per private vehicle, $20.00 per bus,  or $2.00 per walk up. Children 15 and under are free.   

Boat Ramp: Day use fee is $5.00 per day.

Annual Day Use Pass: $40.00, good for one year from the month purchased.

Regular Camping Season: 16 April thru 30 September

Shoulder Camping Season: 15 March thru 15 April and 1 October thru 30 November (excludes Ruark Bluff West)

Boat Ramps: 1 March thru 30 November

Beaches: 15 May thru 15 September



The Project Office is open to the public Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Effective October 1, 2017


The waterfowl policy at Stockton Lake Project shall be in accordance with the following guidelines:


1. No special permit is required.

2. Blinds may not be constructed or placed on the project lands and waters until one week prior to the beginning of waterfowl season and shall be completely removed from the project within ten days after the season closes.

3. Stationary shoreline blinds shall be constructed of native plant materials (dead brush, native grass, cattails, etc.), light framing materials, etc.   Wire and steel posts are prohibited.

4. There are no specific material requirements for floating blinds other than they must be removed daily.

5. The party who constructs the blind shall have priority use of it. However, if the person that constructs the blind is not occupying the blind at legal shooting time, then the blind is available to other hunters on a first come first serve basis. Also, to minimize any problems concerning priority use of blinds, the party that constructs the blind must attach name and address and telephone number to the blind on a durable material. Blinds not properly identified by the owner, maybe removed by project personnel.

6. A minimum distance of 300 yards is required between all blinds.

7. All decoys must be removed daily.

8. Please do not infringe on other sportsmen.

Hunting of Canada geese only (does not include ducks) in Corps of Engineers managed park areas will be permitted December 1, 2017 thru February 6, 2018, under the following conditions:


  1. Only Canada geese may be taken from parks managed by the Corps of Engineers on Stockton Lake in order to reduce the resident Canada goose population.
  2. Only portable blinds will be permitted and must be removed daily.

 3.   Vehicles must remain on paved or graveled surfaces.

  1. Loaded firearms are restricted to blinds only. However, hunters may pursue crippled Canada geese when necessary.
  2. All decoys must be removed daily.

Early Canada Goose Season:

1.      Ruark Bluff West campground will be open for the early goose portion of the waterfowl season. Only Canada geese will be allowed to be taken from Oct. 1 thru Oct. 9, 2017 in this campground. No other campgrounds will be open for the early portion of this season. 

We request the cooperation of all sportsmen to insure a safe and successful hunting season.



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Contact Stockton Lake

Stockton Project Office
16435 E Stockton Lake Drive
Stockton, MO  65785-9416

Tel:  417-276-3113

Fax: 417-276-3510


Stockton Lake News Releases

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High water levels expected in Kansas and Missouri throughout the holiday weekend
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