Stockton Lake is located in southeastern Cedar County, northeastern Dade County, and southwestern Polk County, Missouri. The lake is ‘V’ shaped, and covers 39 square miles, with 298 miles of shoreline. It has three marinas, and 10 public-use areas. It has a “non-development policy,” and is surrounded by unspoiled, tree-covered hills. Its banks are owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Stockton Lake is one of Missouri’s seven major lakes, all man-made. It was formed by damming the Sac River near the city of Stockton in 1969. The lake is crossed by three state highways over a network of six bridges. A pipeline carries water from Stockton Lake to Fellows Lake in northern Green County to help supplement water for the city of Springfield.