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Clearwater Lake 

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US Army Corps of Engineers
Clearwater Project Office
6501 Wayne Route HH
Piedmont, MO 63957
(573)-223-7777

Hike/Bike

 

The Black River Hike and Bike Trail is a 3.25-mile gentle paved and gravel trail that winds through the bottomland hardwoods and pines along the Black River below Clearwater Dam. The 10-foot wide trail is perfect for biking, jogging or for taking a leisurely stroll.

The main trailhead is in River Road Park on the southeast side of the park, but you can enter the trail at four other locations. Watch for the signs on Highway HH below the Dam. One location is just east of Clearwater Store, and the other two locations outside the developed park are in the Overflow Camping Area at the ponds below the dam. Each entry point offers you multiple options from as short as a 1 mile walk to a full 3.25 mile bike ride and any combination in between. We recommend you enter the tail at the overflow camp area off of HH highway between Memorial Day thru Labor Day if it is a weekend or you are not a camper.

The entire trail takes about an hour and a half to walk, and there are rest benches along the way. The trail offers a great diversity of views. One can see a Great Blue Heron standing in the water willow along the Lower Black River, or see the pine plantation on the interior of the trail, or the stand of Giant River Cane along the  Black River. If you walk the trail early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you may see deer, turkey and other wildlife along the way.

The Black River Hike and Bike Trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and we invite everyone to come out and enjoy it. We ask that no litter be left behind. Remember, the trail is only open to hikers and bicycles. No motor scooters or all terrain vehicles are allowed.

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Campgrounds

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 Bluff View

Description: Bluff View campground is nestled into the hills on the East side of Clearwater Lake. The Black River runs into the lake near this campground. For park information call the gatehouse at 1-573-223-4459.

Location: Take HWY 34 to Piedmont MO. Turn north on HWY 49, go 1 mile to HWY AA and turn left, go 7 miles on HWY AA, the road will end in Bluff View Park. (911 Address: 93 Highway AA Piedmont, MO 63957)

Facilities: The lake is fed by the Black River at this point, which provides visitors an excellent location to fish. Bluff View is also an excellent area to camp, swim, boat, picnic or sightsee. The Bluff View Campground offers 60 sites, including many with electric and water hook-ups. Additional amenities include a dump station, hot showers, a boat ramp, a playground, interpretive trail, public phones, and a swimming area.

Reservations: Bluff View, Clearwater Lake - Recreation.gov

Open: May 15 to September 14

 

  Piedmont Park

Description: Campground is set on ridge tops just above the lake level. Many sites offer an excellent view of the lake. For park information call the gatehouse at 1-573-223-4432.

Location: Follow US 34 to Piedmont, MO. Go North on Highway HH 5 miles to the top of the dam. Turn right and follow the signs into the campground. (911 Address: 821 County Road 418 Piedmont, MO 63957).

Facilities: Piedmont Park Campground provides visitors an excellent location to camp, fish, swim, boat, picnic, or sightsee. Piedmont Park Campground offers 97 sites, including many with electric and water hookups. Additional amenities include a dump station, hot showers, picnic shelters, a boat ramp, a playground, public phones, and a swimming area.

Reservation: Piedmont Park, Clearwater Lake - Recreation.gov

Open: April 1 - October 31st

 

 River Road

 

Description: River Road Park is set along the riverbanks of the Black river, just below Clearwater Dam. The terrain is very flat and offers easy access to the river for fishing. For park information call the gatehouse at 1-573-223-4424.

Location: Follow US 34 to Piedmont, MO. Go North on Highway HH 5 miles until you reach River Road Campground.
(911 Address: River Road Park 5226 Wayne Route HH, Piedmont, MO 63957)

Facilities: River Road Campground provides visitors an excellent location to camp, fish, swim, boat, picnic, or sightsee. River Road Campground offers 109 sites, including many with electric and water hookups. Additional amenities include a dump station, hot showers, picnic shelters, a boat ramp, a playground, hiking trails, fish cleaning station, and public phones.

Reservations: River Road, Clearwater Lake - Recreation.gov

Open: River Road is open year-round. Services provided March 15 thru October 30.

 

 

Highway K 

Description: Highway K Campground is located on Black River west of Annapolis, MO. The river provides excellent opportunities to camp, swim, canoe, picnic, and sightsee. For park information call the gatehouse at 1-573-558-2202.

Location: Located 5 miles southwest of Annapolis, MO. Follow Hwy 49 south to the center of Annapolis, turn right onto Hwy K, and follow Hwy K 5 miles. Highway K Park will be on your left. (911 Address: 5347 County Road 452 Annapolis, MO).

Facilities: The Highway K Campground offers 83 sites, including many with electric and some sites with water hookups. Additional amenities include a dump station, hot showers, a picnic shelter, playground, and public phone.

Reservations: Highway K Campground, Clearwater Lake - Recreation.gov

Open: K East Park: May 15 - October 31  
            K West Park: March 15 - October 31

 Webb Creek

Description: Webb Creek Campground is located on the banks of Clearwater Lake, southeast of Ellington, MO. Most of the campsites are located on a wooded hillside just above the lake.  Webb Creek Campground is now in the reservation system online at recreation.gov.  For park information call the gatehouse at 1-573-461-2282.

Location: From Ellington, MO, go south on US 21 for 2.6 miles to Highway H. Turn left on Highway H and go 10 miles to Webb Creek Campground. (911 Address: 10273 Hwy H Ellington, MO.)

Facilities: Webb Creek Campground offers 31 sites, including many sites with electric hook-ups, and water nearby. Additional amenities include hot showers, a playground, boat ramp, swimming area, hiking trail, picnic shelter, public phones, and a dump station. There are no water hook-ups.

Reservations: Webb Creek Campground, Clearwater Lake - Recreation.gov

Open: May 15 until September 15