Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pinewoods lake taken from near boat ramp, showing the fishing pier

Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area sits next to Pinewoods Lake in southeastern Missouri. It is an ideal location to enjoy lake fishing and scenic trails.  Drinking water is not available.

The lake is located on the southeastern quadrant of the Mark Twain National Forest. The area is densely wooded.

A 1.3-mile walking trail surrounds the lake. Most of the trail has a concrete surface and is accessible. The entire trail is relatively flat, with no difficult sections. Circling the 32-acre lake, the trail provides views of the lake, songbirds and wildlife, and an abundance of wildflowers. 

The lake offers a floating fishing pier and a concrete boat ramp. Anglers can enjoy fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish.

The day-use picnic shelter pavilion can accommodate up to 75 people. It is equipped with tables and large grills. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Trash collection service is not available; visitors must carry out all garbage.

Ellsinore is the closest city to the campground, just 3 miles away, with a few dining options, a grocery store and fuel station.

Pinewoods lake taken from near boat ramp, showing the fishing pier

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Pavilion - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice
Operational Hours: Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area is open year-round for Day Use Activities only, (6AM to 10PM) with a managed season of May 1 through October 1.
Reservations:  Reservations can be made for the Group Picnic Area at  All 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. No other Day Use Fees
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: May to October
Restrictions: Electric motors only permitted. Leave No Trace:Pack out what you pack in; be prepared and minimize your impact. Drinking water is not available Parking is free of charge
Closest Towns: Ellsinore
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Managed by the Forest Service and Volunteers
Information Center: Drinking water is not available Parking is free of charge

General Information


From Poplar Bluff, Missouri, go 7 miles north on U.S. Highway 67, then travel 16 miles west on U.S. Highway 60.

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