Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Pinewoods lake taken from near boat ramp, showing the fishing pier

Next to the 31-acre Pinewoods Lake visitors can experience the quiet, calm of the Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area. Spend an afternoon exploring along the 1.3-mile walking trail around the lake, catching site of woodducks and beavers.

Anglers can spend a quiet day on the lake looking for the perfect bass, sunfish or catfish. For those who prefer firm ground to boats, an accessible, floating fishing pier is available.

The dense woods that surround the lake and recreation area offer visitors a sense of seclusion and privacy amidst the oak, hickory and pine trees.

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area is open year-round for Day Use Activities only, with a managed season of May 1 through October 1.
Operational Hours:
  • Campground Quiet Hours: 10 pm to 6 am
  • Day Use Hours: 6 am to 10 pm
Reservations: Reservation Needed for Group Picnic Area Pavilion
  • Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance of visit
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Day Use Fee
  • Group Picnic Area Pavilion: $50/day (74 people)
  • Parking is free of charge
  • Single - $15/night
  • Double - $25/night
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: May to October
  • No OHVs/ATvs/UTVs are allowed to operate within this Recreation Area.
  • Boats are allowed on the lake, electric motors only.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the day use area
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Fires allowed in provided pedestal grills or firerings only
  • No camping in the day use area
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash.
  • No swimming from the fishing pier
  • No swimming from the dam
Missouri Department of Conservation fishing regulations apply
Closest Towns: Ellsinore
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service and Volunteers
Information Center: Poplar Bluff
Email | Phone and Address

General Information


From Poplar Bluff, MO,

  • go 7 miles north on U.S. Highway 67,
  • Exit onto US Highway 60, on the right.
  • Travel 16 miles west on U.S. Highway 60.
  • The site is on the left side of the road on Highway 60


The pavilion is accessible. There is a covered picnic table that is accessible. Concrete sidewalks in the day use area from the pavilion to the boat ramp. Sidewalk leads to the accessible fishing pier.

Tables at the campsites are accessible


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Each site has a table, lantern post, and firering

No. of Sites
  • Single: 13
  • Double: 2

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Each site has a table, lantern post, and firering. No hookups are available.

No. of Sites
  • Single: 13
  • Double: 2

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

Each site has a table, lantern post, and firering

No. of Sites Group: 2 sites – up to 10 people at a site

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

31-acre "managed fishery lake" built in the late 1970s, featuring bass, sunfish, and catfish, that is commonly fished from shore or small boat, (electric motors only).

Missouri DOC stocks the fish with catfish.

Barrier-free pier can be accessed from the day use area.

Fish Species Bass, sunfish, and catfish
Fishing Mode Canoe, kayak, jon boat, shore/pier
Fishing Platform Barrier-free pier
Water Temperature warm
Fishing Method Rod & Reel

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Pinewoods Lake Trail - 1.3-miles

The Pinewoods Lake Trail starts in the Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area, and circles Pinewoods Lake. The trail starts by the boat launch.

1/2 of a mile of this easy 1.3-mile trail has a concrete surface; the rest of the trail is a wide dirt path. The entire trail is relatively flat with no difficult sections.

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Occasionally you may spot an eagle. Although you are more likely to spot a beaver.

The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their habitat.  Here are some helpful tips to become a wildlife friendly viewer:

  • Use the right tools - A field guide, a pair of binoculars and a camera.  Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season and activity.
  • Watch at dawn and dusk - This is the time when most wildlife species are active enough to view.
  • Keep your distance - Maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
  • Stay quiet - Move slowly and quietly to increase your chances of viewing wildlife, and to avoid stressing the animals you wish to watch.
  • Do not feed the wildlife - There is plenty of food availale in the wild.  Human food can cause digestive problems, provide improper nutrition, and even kill an animal. 

An online version of the Missouri Wildlife Viewing Guide is available on their website.

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:

The dam is part of the trail, so you can take a walk and view the entire lake from the dam. The trail that goes around the lake is wide, with no slopes, and makes for a nice, easy walk with several pretty views of the lake.


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Picnic facilities are available near the trailhead for the Pinewoods Lake Trail.

Each picnic table area has a pedestal grill.

There is a horseshoe pit near the picnic pavilion – bring your own horseshoes.

No. of Sites 1 pavilion, 1 individual covered picnic table, and 4 picnic tables

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:

Pavilion has 2 large grills and is available for groups of up to 75 people.

No. of Sites 1 pavilion

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

Electric motors only. The lake is 31-acres, and there are areas of the lake that are 10 – 12 feet.

There is a single lane, concrete boat launch.

Type of Craft Fishing Boats, Dinghies, Electric Boats, Flat Boats, Jon Boats
Motor Type electric

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

The lake is 31-acres, and there are areas of the lake that are 10 – 12 feet.


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Day Use: 75 vehicles ; Boat Ramp: two parking areas, one for single vehicles, and another for vehicles with trailers (10 spaces)
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Some features and amenities are accessible
Boat ramp: Yes

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760 feet