Things to Do and See
Drake Harbor is located behind the Community Building. The harbor has recently gone thru a massive renovation. It is enjoyed by Warsaw residents for numerous outdoor activities including walking, biking, boating, fishing and enjoying the riverfront. An amphitheater has recently been completed for community use.
If you are planning on boating in for a visit to downtown Warsaw call 660-438-5522 to reserve a slip.
Drake Harbor is the home of many community events including Jubilee Days, Heritage Days, The Cigar Box Festival, Car Shows, and the Christmas Lighted Displays.
Come enjoy the Benton County Museum at 1660 Hilltop Drive, Warsaw across from Farmers Bank. The Benton County Historical Society has created an appealing setting for the county’s collection of artifacts demonstrating our rich cultural history and heritage.
Benton County Museum is truly fun for all ages. Our rich history comes alive at our new home located at 1660 Hilltop Drive in Warsaw, Missouri. Experience what was like to ride the rivers with our extensive steamboat history section. Visit the 1800’s in our parlor, school, shops and more. Learn about our countries military history through the clothes and keepsakes of our fighting men and women.
At the Benton County Museum, you can relive America’s history on our historic timeline from 1835 to 1985. Admission: free to members of the Benton County Historical Society; Adults, $3; Seniors, $2; Ages 4-12, $2. Open April through October, Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays 1 PM – 4 PM.
Visit their website at https://www.bencomo.org/
The Harry S. Truman Visitor Center, one of only a handful of Class A visitor centers in the United States, sits atop Kaysinger Bluff and provides a spectacular view of Truman Dam and Reservoir. Exhibits within the visitor center provide information about the rich history of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks Valley from pre-civilization to modern day. Waterfowl, bald eagles, and turkey vultures can routinely be observed from the observation deck.
The architectural firm of Linscott, Haylett and Associates, AIA, of Kansas City, Missouri, designed the visitor center. Construction on the building began in 1975 and was completed in 1977 by Miller-Stauch Construction Company of Kansas City, Kansas. Kaysinger Bluff provides a natural setting for the structure’s contemporary design, with the exterior and interior surface treatment developed to blend with the surroundings both in texture and color.
Upon entering the building, a large map greets the visitor, showing the location of all park areas at Truman Reservoir. Visitor Attendants are on duty at the reception desk to answer questions about the project and lake area. Truman Lake Brochures and other informational pamphlets are available to visitors. Directly behind the information desk is an orientation and welcome video. The paintings on display in the building are by the late E.M “Ike” Parker. Exhibits on the main floor provide information on the lake area, Harry S. Truman, Partnerships, Living History, and westward expansion. Wildlife, history, and water safety videos are available by request for viewing in a 67-seat theater.
The rotunda area contains reproductions of archeological fossils and artifacts found in an area now covered by the waters of Truman Reservoir. On the south wall is a life-sized painting of the Missouri Leviathan, a creature once thought by scientist Albert E. Koch to have roamed the area. Actually, the bones of this extinct “creature” were that of many Mastodons and other creatures that Koch discovered in the area in 1840. Ramps on each side of the rotunda leading to the observation deck. A social history timeline depicting the exploration and settlement of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks Valley is displayed on the north wall for viewing as visitors walk up the north ramp.
Exhibits on the upper deck explain Truman Lake’s role in cultural history, wildlife, and environmental management, the operation of the powerhouse, Corps of Engineers Missions, and Construction of the Harry S. Truman Project. Views from the upper deck allow visitors to see both Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks. Visitors get a sense of the construction and operation of Truman Dam, which separates the two lakes.
Other items of interest within the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center Complex include a nature trail along Kaysinger Bluff (approximately 3/4 mile), the Hooper House and Barn, the Log Cabin complex, the Kaysinger General Store, and the Concord Schoolhouse located just off the Hooper House Trail.
Open season for the Visitor Center is March 15 through October 31, seven days a week. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 4 PM March 15 through the Thursday prior to Memorial Weekend, and 9 AM to 5 PM the Friday of Memorial Weekend through October 31. For more information, please call 660-438-2216 or 816-389-3810.
The tree-studded shoreline of Truman Lake provides some of the best bass and crappie fishing in the nation. There are 20 parks and access areas located conveniently around the lake.
The open water of Truman Lake, which has 55,600 acres of water surface, is a great venue for enjoying any kind of water sport you ever wanted to try.
Truman Lake was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are more than 100,000 acres of land surrounding the lake that provides wonderful opportunities for horseback riding, camping, hiking and biking, bird watching, and photography, Truman Lake is close enough to Warsaw to be convenient, yet once you arrive you feel you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
A New Vacation Experience
A whole different kind of vacation experience is waiting for you at the Upper Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Don’t worry about traffic jams, big boats swamping you with their wake or any bright lights and big city noises.
What is here is the tranquil, unspoiled paradise known as “the quiet end of the Lake of the Ozarks.” Family vacations, a weekend getaway or maybe even a romantic time with your sweetie, these are what we’re all about. There are cabins, quaint dining and even camping available. The Upper Arm has just enough nature mixed with an adequate amount of civilization to make your stay the best of both worlds.
Lost Valley Hatchery is located on Lost Valley Road just northeast of Warsaw, MO. At 969 acres, it is the largest state-owned hatchery in Missouri and is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The facility was constructed using funds from both the Sport Fish Restoration Act and MDC. Lost Valley is a warm water hatchery and produces a variety of fish species in 77 rearing ponds including walleye, muskellunge, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, channel catfish, hybrid sunfish, fathead minnows, and golden shiners. The hatchery also raises the federally endangered Topeka shiner and propagates various species of state endangered mussels. The fish species produced by the hatchery are stocked into rivers and lakes statewide.
The area at Lost Valley encompasses several habitats like glades, mixed forest, and open grassland. The area east of the access road is open to archery hunting of deer and shotgun and archery hunting of other species. There is ample opportunity to walk, hike, take photos, and bird watching. Lost Valley Hatchery also includes a 2,000 square foot visitor center with exhibits that focus on warm water fish culture, fishing, and MDC’s role in aquatic resource management. The visitor center includes two large windows where visitors can view the production room and a 12,700-gallon aquarium containing many of our native species. The center is open year-round and admission is free.
Lost Valley Hatchery hosts an annual Kids Fishing Day for children 15 and under. Participants fish in a ½ acre stocked pond for channel catfish and hybrid sunfish. Children can participate in a variety of other activities during the course of the day and also receive a free gift with registration. Throughout the day, drawings are held for tackle boxes and fishing poles as well. Lunch is provided and the event is free to the public.
Stop at the scenic pullout overlooking most of the rearing ponds and a portion of Truman Lake.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Call to schedule tours
Open year-round, Berry Bend Equestrian Campground includes a shower building with laundry facilities, dump station, 89 campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, lantern hangers, (24 with electrical hook-ups), a playground, and nearly 37 miles of trail for horseback riding and hiking. Water, laundry and shower facilities are available from mid-April to mid-October, weather permitting. The trails will be closed November 1st and will reopen on Thanksgiving Day to maximize your safety and enjoyment during periods of intense hunting pressure.
All horses entering the campground must have VS Form 10-11 showing proof of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test within the last 12 months. Additionally, horses from out of state must have an official certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate).
Berry Bend RT 2 BOX 29A, Warsaw, Missouri USA, 65355-9603 (660) 438-7317
Disc Golf Courses
Two nine-hole courses are challenging and fun for all ages and skill levels.
M.K. White Park right off Main Street is a more open course, with lake views and a few trees.
SHAWNEE BEND DISC GOLF COURSE
It is located at Shawnee Bend Park and features both wide open throws and tight turns into the trees.
With scenic views and a challenging layout, Shawnee Bend Golf Course has been a staple of recreation in the Warsaw community since it opened in 1985. Located minutes from historic downtown Warsaw and only 30 minutes from Sedalia and Clinton, it offers small town prices while maintaining big city golf value. From Beginner to Pro, we are the place to go.
Hiking and Biking trails
Quite simply Benton County offers some of the best bicycle, pedestrian, and trails in the state–and in the country. That’s according to MoBikeFed, the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, who have visited our trails system and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
We have a mountain biking park, a park and trail system in Warsaw’s downtown harbor area, levee and riverfront trails and connecting both sides of the river is a bike/ped Swinging Bridge.
TRUMAN LAKE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
The City of Warsaw has teamed up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create a mountain bike park in Benton County, Missouri.
Located at 28565 Benton House Avenue, just two miles west of 65 Highway and North Dam Access Road in Warsaw, Missouri. Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park has been built on Corps of Engineer land bordering beautiful Truman Lake.
Three miles from downtown Warsaw, Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park is designed for riders of all ages and skill. The park offers scenic downhills, challenging climbs, and sweet single track. Learn more.
SHAWNEE BEND BLUFF TRAIL
Take the West Dam Access Road to Shawnee Bend Park. At the top of the boat ramp parking lot is the Shawnee Bend Trailhead. Enter around the yellow gate.
The Warsaw Riverfront and trail system has continued to grow by leaps and bounds the last several years! The unique trail system that runs along the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks/Lake of the Ozarks and links 3 major parks, creating a linear park along this scenic waterfront area that has beautiful views of the Ozark Hills, bluffs, lakes, and greenways!! Learn more.
THE BUTTERFIELD EXPERIENCE
The Butterfield Stage Experience is a new mostly gravel bicycle touring route consisting of county gravel roads and multi-use trails using/paralleling the historic Butterfield Stage Route in Missouri.
Currently, over 250 miles in length, the route is a low-traffic trail-like experience that leads you straight to the heart of rural Missouri and visits many of the historic Butterfield Stage sites and monuments across the state. The route is accessible to most who enjoy natural-surface routes like the Katy Trail and Rock Island Trail–and are ready to take the next step towards adventure. Learn more.
Originally constructed in 1904, it has been rebuilt and refurbished over the years, and now serves as the connection over the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks for the Warsaw Riverfront Trails. It is one of five remaining bridges built by Joe Dice, who was a self-taught engineer with a 3rd-grade education. The Joe Dice Swinging Bridge was placed on the National Historic Register on September 17, 1999. It is a favorite for visitors and locals alike, as it provides easy access to the trails system and gives great views of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks.
Warsaw’s Municipal Pool
Warsaw’s Municipal Pool offers summertime fun. Play basketball while staying nice and cool, maybe take a dive or two off the diving board, or take a fast ride down the water slide if you dare… come check it out. The pool also offers a wading area with a zero-depth entry, lap area, as well as a concession stand.
Warsaw Municipal Pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Pool Manager: Jessica Kendall & Kylie McRoberts
Pool Address: 1009 W. Jackson St.
Pool Phone: 660-428-2199
City Office Phone: 660-438-5522
Pool Hours: Monday-Saturday 12 PM – 7 PM
Sunday and Holidays 12 PM – 5 PM
Pool Rates: From 12 PM – 5 PM is $4.00
Twilight swim from 5 PM – 7 PM is $2.00
Lap swim is available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6 AM to 7 AM
Monday and Wednesday: 10 AM – 11: 00 AM
Other services include swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool can be rented out for parties as well. For more information on these services please call 660-438-5522.