Berry Bend Campground. sits on a promontory reached via short causeway on the Osage River Arm of Harry S Truman Lake, 29 Miles from Clinton Missouri, 18 miles from the junction with Highway 13 and 11 miles from Warsaw Missouri. Here’s a link to our directions on How to get to Berry Bend Campground.
In common with most of the campgrounds on Truman Lake, one of the loops of Berry Bend is open almost all year round. Berry Bend does close for a couple of days for special hunting events – so always check.
As of 2014 the A loop is closed year-round except on major holidays. The Corps of Engineers’ website states that the A Loop sites are available for for walk-in camping – you’ll need to talk to the camp hosts to sort that one out. We need to go back and re-visit Berry Bend and find out exactly what is and isn’t possible.
We particularly like Berry Bend because this a great part of the lake to take the kayaks on, with lots of areas to explore. There are plenty of campsites at Berry Bend with lake access so we can launch straight off the beach, and there is also a 25 mile equestrian trail which is great for hiking.
Truman lake itself has around 950 miles of shoreline – that’s a lot to fish and explore.
Berry Bend Campground – Campground Summary
|Official site||US Corps of Engineers – Truman Lake|
|Our favorite sites||A20, A47, C92, C54, C14.|
|Toilets||Flush & Vault|
|Showers||Yes – prime season only|
|Payment||Direct at the Fee Booth, or after hours by cash or check in an envelope provided at the Fee Booth|
|Open year-round||Yes. The C loop is open year round, except for special hunting days. The A loop is only open on major holidays. The Corps of Engineers’ website states that the A Loop sites are available for for walk-in camping.|
|Amenities||The sites are well shaded, and a large number of the sites have a path to access Harry S Truman Lake. All sites have a fire ring, picnic table and lantern post. There’s a near-by boat put-in at the day use area. and you can hike on the 25 mile equestrian trail. There is playground equipment for children and a swimming beach.|
There are a few things you need to know about Truman Lake. The water is very silty, so visibility is limited – when I’m fishing I use noisy and brightly colored lures. Truman is also quite a new lake and there are a lot of dead trees in it. Great for the fish, but a nuisance to lures and motor boats. A great thing about kayaking is that you can get right in the trees without fear of breaking your prop. Unusually for the Ozarks lakes, Truman appears to have quite a current at times. Finally, we’ve noticed that the lake gets a lot of farmland run-off, rich in nutrients. The silty water stops sunlight reaching far down, but we have noticed a foot or so band of green algae around the shore.
Getting to Berry Bend Campground from Highway 13 and Highway 65
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Google street view showing the junction of State Highway Z with the road to Berry Bend Campground. The Campground is about 2.5 miles down this road. Once you pass the Equestrian Campground and boat put-in (both on the left), Berry Bend is just a short distance after crossing the causeway.
Note: watch out for wildlife and horses on the road in this area.