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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned, designed, constructed, and upon its completion in 1969 continues to manage Stockton Lake. Stockton Lake is situated between the natural ecological division of the Ozark Plateau and the prairie of western Missouri. Its waters are home to several species of fish including small and largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, walleye, catfish and sunfish to name a few. In addition to offering fishing, camping, and water sports recreation, Stockton Lake and Dam also provides hydroelectric power, as well as flood damage reduction, water supply storage, fish and wildlife management, downstream water quality improvement, and navigation flow supplementation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the responsibility for managing approximately 61,000 acres of land and water at Stockton Lake. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) assists the Corps by managing 16,572 acres under a lease agreement. Land management practices used by the Corps of Engineers and MDC are engineered to preserve their natural value.

Stockton Lake provides flood protection for downstream areas and is part of a network of Corps of Engineer Lakes that help control flooding in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins.

Stockton Dam provides hydroelectric power that is marketed through the United States Department of Energy, Southwestern Power Administration. An estimated schedule for generation times can be viewed at the following website:


A portion of the lake storage is used to provide water to City Utilities of Springfield, MO, which, in turn supplies water to the community.

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