With locations on both the Hermitage and Pittsburg sides of Pomme de Terre Lake, Pomme de Terre State Park offers a little bit of everything. A marina and boat ramps make it easy to get in the water and fish for bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, or muskie. Two public swimming beaches make for great places to cool off or laze the day away. Two hiking trails satisfy an appetite for adventure. And more than 250 campsites make the park ideal for multi-day getaways.
Pittsburg Campground on-season (April through October) services include a full-service marina, beach, shelter house, laundry, water, picnic area, trails, dump station and an accessible showerhouse. The dump station, showerhouse and water are turned off during the off-season (November through March). Campers should bring their own potable water during this time.
Loop 100 is open year-round. Loop 200 is open March through November. Loops 300 and 400 are open during the on-season. For a little extra space, try one of the park's family campsites.
Hermitage Campground on-season (April through October) services include a large beach, picnic area, trails, dump station, showerhouse, laundry and available water. The showerhouse, dump station and water are turned off during the off-season (November through March). Campers should bring their own potable water during this time.
All four loops are open March through November. For a little extra space, try one of the park's family campsites.
Pomme de Terre State Park offers you an alternative camping experience without having to bring your own tent. A yurt is a circular structure with a fabric cover, much like a tent, and a wooden frame making it strong and weathertight. It sits on a wooden platform with decking and has a locking door. There are three large windows to enjoy the view and a dome skylight that can be opened for ventilation.
The yurt is located in the Loop 400 in the Pittsburg area of the park. The yurt features a log futon, log futon bunk bed, a dorm-size refrigerator, coffee table, lamp, air conditioner and heater. The unit sleeps five with a maximum occupancy of six. Tents or other alternate lodging accommodations are not allowed in the rental areas.
To prepare for your yurt experience, bring your camping gear such as lanterns, cooking and eating utensils and water containers. The yurt does not have running water, so plan accordingly. Guests must bring their own linens and sleeping bags. Open flame cooking is not allowed in the unit. Cooking with griddles, crock pots and other non-flame cooking devices is allowed. Smoking is not allowed inside the unit.
As part of the Cabins for Canines Program, guests renting the yurt will be allowed to bring up to two dogs. Clean up and trash removal is the responsibility of the lodging guests and should be completed before check out.
A picnic table and a fire ring and grill for barbecuing or campfires are located outside the unit. A modern central restroom and showerhouse in Loop 400 is available during the camping season (April 1 to Oct. 31). During the camping off season, a vault toilet and water are available.
Cool off or lounge in the sun at one of the park's two public swimming beaches, located on both sides of Pomme de Terre Lake. There is a restroom and change house facility located at each beach.
CEDAR BLUFF TRAIL - 1.5 Miles - Hiking Only
Cedar Bluff Trail generally follows the rocky bluffs along both sides of an upland ridge protruding into Pomme de Terre Lake. The trail passes through mature stands of oak, hickory, ash and scattered maple trees as well as areas of eastern red cedar and chinquapin oaks that are indicative of the thin soils found along ridge tops. Along the way, deer, wild turkey, cardinals, purple finches and numerous other animals and birds may be seen or heard. Wildflowers as well as redbud and dogwood trees are in bloom during spring. Fall foliage brings more color and winter offers spectacular views after the trees have shed their leaves.
The main loop is signed in a counterclockwise direction. For those hiking from the campground, the main trail can be reached using a .30-mile spur located across from the check station. Three benches along the trail are perfect places for the hiker to stop, catch their breath and take in scenic views of the lake. A fourth bench and a small wooden span over a wet-weather drainage creek are located along the campground spur. Caution should be used when crossing the beach access road; the trail and white connector intersect this road in three areas. Using white connector 1 shortens the hike by approximately half.
INDIAN POINT TRAIL - 2.75 Miles - Hiking Only
Indian Point Trail meanders through open woodlands to a scenic overlook on Pomme de Terre Lake. The trail passes through mature stands of oak and hickory and an occasional glade opening. Along the way, deer, wild turkey, summer tanagers, woodpeckers and numerous other animals and birds may be seen or heard. Hikers can see several species of wildflowers such as Missouri evening primrose, purple coneflowers and rose verbena plus native grasses such as big bluestem and Indian grass. Fall foliage brings more color and winter offers spectacular views after the trees have dropped their leaves.
The main loop is signed in a clockwise direction. Along the main trail are four benches located in areas where the hiker can stop, rest and take in scenic views of the lake. Caution should be used when crossing any park roads. By using white connector 2, a shorter hike of approximately 2.20 miles is possible.
Cast your lines for bass, walleye, catfish, crappie or even muskie. Pomme de Terre Lake is the only lake in Missouri that offers true muskellunge fishing. A fishing pier and marina are features on the Pittsburg side.
Rest or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic sites located throughout the forest and near the lake.
Gain access to Pomme de Terre Lake at one of the four paved boat launch ramps in the park. On the Hermitage side of Pomme de Terre Lake, one is located at the campground (accessible March through November) and the other is off of the Highway 64 and RD Road entrance to the north side of the park. On the Pittsburg side, there is a boat launch located at the State Park Marina and one by the open picnic shelter. There are no launch fees in the park.
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