Activities & Attractions
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.
Do you remember when families joined together in the parlor to make music together?
Do you know what an old-fashioned icebox looks like?
Have you seen the buttons made from shells from the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks?
Stories of Benton County people are told by their belongings and by the many display boards throughout the museum. The goals of individuals and families remain the same through time but the ways these goals are met are unique and interesting.
Regular hours for the museum are Friday-Sunday 10 AM -4 PM. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 3-12. Open April through October.
The Largest Flood-control Reservoir In The State
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to one of Missouri’s most popular recreation lakes. Construction of the flood control dam and reservoir began in 1964 and was completed in 1979. The Harry S. Truman Dam, located on the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks about 1 ½ miles northwest of Warsaw, consists of an earth/rock embankment, concrete spillway, and hydroelectric power plant.
An abundance of fish and wildlife can be found in and around Harry S. Truman Reservoir. Millions of fish are stocked in the lake by the Department of Conservation. Known for its crappie and bass, many tournaments are held each year on Truman Lake. White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, quail, and waterfowl are also abundant residents and visitors around the lake. The lake provides habitats for bald eagles and pairs are often present during the summer months.
The Visitor’s Center offers and provides a wonderful representation of the history of the dam and provides an excellent observation deck for viewing the area. The grounds have hiking trails and 1800’s buildings to explore.
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.
THE OSAGE ARM OF LAKE OF THE OZARKS
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.
Visitor Center hours are 9 AM – 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday year-round. The center is closed during the Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving holidays. To contact the hatchery, phone 660-438-4465 or email LostValHatchery@mdc.mo.gov. Click here to visit the website.
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.
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
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.