Noblett Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Fall view on Noblett Lake

Noblett Lake Recreation Area, originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps on the shore of a 26 acre lake, is a particularly scenic spot that offers picnicking, fishing, bird watching, canoeing and electric motor boating. The picnic pavilion is set in a forest of oak and pine trees, on the Salem Plateau.

Primitive camping is available below Noblett Dam and at the old loop known as Sugar Hill across from Noblett trailhead.

The Noblett Trailhead for the Ridge Runner National Recreational Trail is located within the area and offers a small amount of parking.

The old Sugar Hill loop can accommodate trailer parking as well.  Horses are not allowed in the Day Use Area.

There is no water available.  Please bring your own water for use.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year round, this is a day use area - hours of operation are 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Reservations:  Reservations can be made for this picnic pavilion at  Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Fees Group picnic area pavilion: $25 per day. Available for use first come, first served when not reserved. No fee for other use of the recreation area.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: No overnight camping or horses allowed in Day Use Area. Motorized travel, including trail bikes and All Terrain Vehicles are not permitted on the Ridge Runner Trail.
Closest Towns: West Plains; Willow Springs; Cabool; Mountain Grove
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: If your group is over 75 people (whether using the pavilion or not), a special use permit is required. If you want to use the Pavilion, you will still need to reserve it through; please contact Darla Rein at (417) 683-4428 regarding special use permits. The pavilion offers seating for up to 75 people, is equipped with electricity, tables and grills. Trash collection services are provided. There is no water available; visitors must bring their own. There is no overnight camping allowed in the picnic area. A parking area for the pavilion and the adjacent trail is available. Primitive camping is available in the older camping loops of Sycamore and Sugar Hill.  Pack in/pack out while camping.

General Information


From Willow Springs, at the junction of Highways 60/63 and 76, take Highway 76 west for about 7 miles. Turn south on Highway 181 for a little over a mile and turn left on Highway Ap for about 3 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 857 and continue about 1 mile to turnoff for the day-use area. The road continues to the Noblett Dam and Trailhead.

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