ORCC Published Review: Journal Print 02/05/2008 Click Here:Hunting, fishing, camping all ideal at Pomme-de-TerreBy Steve Crawford
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 1:52 PM CST
The Pomme-de-Terre River is in an area that is often overlooked by many people throughout the state. This hidden little treasure has many attributes for the outdoorsman, whether you are hunting, fishing, or just out for a peaceful canoe float.
According to legend, the French explorer La Salle gave the Pomme-de-Terre River its name when he crossed the Ozarks in 1682. It is unlikely, however, that La Salle explored this far from the Mississippi River.
The phrase "pomme de terre" is French for "apple of the earth" or potato. Early French trappers and fur traders probably named the river for plants resembling potatoes that grew on its banks. This plant was probably an Apios Americana or potato bean, and was used as food by the Indians. The Pomme-de-Terre River was the dividing line between the Indians and settlers until sometime in 1835.The river flows from the Truman Dam in Warsaw to the Pomme-de-Terre dam to the south. The Pomme-de-Terre River flows for 28 miles between the two dams, and the Corps of Engineers has 100,000 acres of ground that was purchased as part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Missouri River Basin authorized by Congress in 1938.
The Missouri Department of Conservation manages a good portion of this land for the benefit of white-tailed deer, wild turkey and numerous other game animals and fur-bearers. This area is a rugged, hilly, tree covered area with enough river valley flat lands to support the numerous food plots throughout the area. These combinations offer wild game the nutrition and cover required to sustain healthy populations.
There are numerous camping opportunities both along the river and on Pomme-de-Terre Lake. My personal favorite is a Corps of Engineer campground called Outlet Park. Outlet Park is located below the Pomme-de-Terre Dam on the Pomme-de-Terre River.
The park has 28 campsite, 14 electric/water and 14 non-electric. All sites include a fire ring, picnic table, lantern pole, and the electric/water sites can accommodate even the largest rigs. Additional amenities include showers, a boat ramp, group camp, picnic shelter, multipurpose court, playground and flush toilet. With mature trees surrounding most campsites offering plenty of shade, and the river at your front door, your morning coffee never tasted so good.
Public accesses to the river are located just below the dam in Outlet Park, downstream at the Highway 254 Bridge near Hermitage and at the Cross Timbers access on the upper end of Harry S. Truman Reservoir.
From Hermitage, go south on Highway 254/64 about four miles to Carson Corner. Turn west on Highway 254 toward Pomme-de-Terre Dam. Cross the dam and turn north on the paved road at the far end of the dam. Follow the road to the park below the dam.
Reservations can be made through the Corps of Engineers and must be made at least three days in advance. There is a two-night minimum on weekends and three-night minimum on holidays.
To contact them write: Outlet Park (MO), Route 2, Box 2160, Hermitage MO 65668, or call (417) 745-2290.
The Off Road Camping Club highly recommends this campground and its surrounding attributes. To find more information about this campground and other outdoor events check out the ORCC Web site, http://www.offroadcampingclub.com
.Re-Printed With The Permission By Suburban Journals Of Greater St. Louis, LLC.