Palmer, Parole, Howell, and Timberline lakes

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

These four lakes are available for fishing in the central portion of the Potosi District. Howell Lake is 30 acres, has a gravel boat ramp, and has bass and sunfish.  Parole Lake is 40 acres, does not have any facilities, and also bass and sunfish.  Palmer Lake is 100 acres, has a gravel boat launch, and has bass, sunfish, and catfish.  Timberline Lake 18 only 18 acres, has a gravel boat ramp, has bass, sunfish, and catfish, and is accessible only with a 4 wheel-drive vehicle.  All of these lakes are located in the Old Lead Belt, where much of the nation’s lead ore was once mined, so consumption of large quantities of fish from these lakes may pose some health risk. Visit for more information.

At a Glance

Fees No fees
Permit Info: For fishing this area, a trout permit and a valid Missouri fishing permit required.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No trash service. Non-motorized boats or electric motors only.
Closest Towns: Potosi
Water: None
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From St. Louis, take Hwy. 21 south to Potosi (60 miles); these fishing lakes are located southwest of Potosi. Travel south on P approximately 10 miles; go west on CR Pigeon Roost 3 miles; take FR 2550 approximately 1.5 miles to Parole Lake.  OR  Travel south on P approximately 15 miles; go west on C 1 mile, take FR 2662 1/2 mile to Palmer Lake, or go west on C 5 miles, go right on Z 1/2 mile and north on FR2919 Just over 1 mile to Howell Lake. 

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