Pomme de Terre State Park – Camping, Fishing, Beaches and More

Last updated on September 11th, 2023 at 01:45 pm.

During our stay at the Getaway Cabins in the Ozark Highlands, we took a day trip to Pomme de Terre State Park to explore for potential future camping adventures. We drove the scenic route around the lake, stopped at one of the picnic tables along side the lake for a picnic lunch, did the Cedar Bluff Trail hike, and checked out Hermitage Beach.

Since our primary intention was to familiarize ourselves with the park for potential future Missouri camping adventures we also checked out the different campsites, park office, chatted with the camp host and even peeked at the shower house and bathrooms.

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Lake Pomme de Terre

We are usually pretty good about taking a selfie of the two of us when we visit a new spot, but we must have been caught up in how pretty and relaxing our day trip was (but I do have one shot of Todd below on the Cedar Bluff Trail.

Everything You Need to Know about Visiting Pomme de Terre State Park

Nestled in the scenic west central Missouri Ozarks, Pomme de Terre State Park is a great option for camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. Whether you seek a tranquil retreat or an adventure-filled getaway, Pomme de Terre State Park offers the perfect setting for a summer escape.

Pomme de Terre Lake, which get’s its name from the French translation of “Apple of the Earth” or simply “potato.”

Water enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise with easy access to the lake through a well-equipped marina and convenient boat ramps. Anglers can cast their lines in search of bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, or muskie, ensuring an exciting fishing experience. If you’re seeking respite from the summer heat, two public swimming beaches provide an inviting oasis to cool off or simply relax and unwind.

For those with a thirst for adventure, Pomme de Terre State Park has two hiking trails that lead to captivating natural vistas and provide a refreshing escape into nature. Immerse yourself in the park’s tranquil surroundings as you explore the winding paths and embrace the serenity of the forest.

Beyond its natural allure, Pomme de Terre State Park also offers a range of recreational facilities. Sports enthusiasts can engage in friendly competition on the baseball diamond, basketball court, and tennis courts. Meanwhile, the playground provides an inviting space for children to frolic and embrace their playful spirit.

Hermitage Beach

Hermitage Beach

Hermitage Beach is a fairly big stretch of sand on the Hermitage side of the park with a designated swim area that is safe from boaters.

Sadly, they are warning that swimming is not recommended by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As of June 8, 2023 this is the only state park in the state with the warning.

Every Monday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the state tests. While E. coli is usually found in most water, if it’s too high, DNR or Missouri State Parks puts out a warning. You can check here for the latest updates on the beach and if swimming allowed.

Hiking Trails at Pomme de Terre State Park

Cedar Bluff Trail

Pomme de Terre State Park offers two hiking trails to satisfy your cravings for outdoor exploration.

Cedar Bluff Trail

During our visit, we hiked the 2.0 mile Cedar Bluff Trail. It winds along the rocky bluffs that border the lake. It starts at the Hermitage campsite and ends near Hermitage Beach.

It is a forested loop trail that is parallel to a paved road that leads beach. Along the hiking trail, you’ll find a few benches where you can pause, catch your breath, and soak in the surroundings.

The trail meanders through woodlands, including mature oak, hickory, ash, maple trees, and pockets of eastern red cedar and chinquapin oaks. As with the Indian Trail Point, dogs are welcome on Cedar Bluff Trail as long as they are on a leash.

Indian Trail Point

This 3.2-mile loop trail, situated on the Pittsburg side of the lake, offers a picturesque hiking experience year-round. The trail welcomes visitors and their furry friends, as long as dogs are kept on a leash. As you traverse the trail, you’ll encounter breathtaking views of the lake, particularly at Indian Trail Point. The scenic walk back to the trailhead offers continuous glimpses of the lake’s beauty.

Picnic Areas

Pomme de Terre picnic area

Within the camping sites, you’ll discover numerous picnic tables, providing campers with convenient spots to enjoy outdoor meals and gatherings.

Along the lake, there are numerous picnic areas with picnic tables and some have a small BBQ. There are also public beaches around the lake, where you could also have a picnic.

Picnic spot on lake pomme de terre

During your visit, you may stumble upon a hidden gem, just like we did. We found a lovely spot under a big tree for lots of shade and a beautiful view of the lake. Surprisingly, we had the whole picnic area to ourselves.

Remember to bring your favorite picnic goodies, a blanket, and perhaps a Frisbee or a ball to toss around. As you settle down at one of the park’s charming picnic spots, take a moment to appreciate the serenity and beauty that surrounds you.

Pomme de Terre Lake: A Haven for Anglers

fishing at pomme de terre lake

Pomme de Terre Lake has been a popular fishing destination since 1966, attracting anglers in search of impressive catches. Muskie, regularly stocked in the lake, entice fishermen in pursuit of trophy-sized fish. However, Pomme de Terre Lake offers more than just muskie fishing. Anglers can also find an abundance of other fish species, including crappie, bass, white bass, bluegill, catfish, and walleye.

Visitors to Pomme de Terre State Park can enjoy the freedom to fish anywhere on the expansive Pomme de Terre Lake.

Spanning over 100 miles of shoreline and encompassing 7,000 acres of water surface, Pomme de Terre Lake provides a vast expanse for anglers to explore. Whether fishing from the shore or venturing out onto the water, the lake offers numerous access points, including marinas and boat launches. Anglers can choose their preferred mode of transportation, be it a bass boat, canoe, or kayak, to reach prime fishing spots.

Fish Species in Pomme de Terre Lake:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Spotted Bass
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • White Bass
  • White Crappie
  • Walleye
  • Bluegill
  • Muskellunge

With its diverse fish population and ample opportunities for both shoreline and boating fishing, Pomme de Terre Lake is a haven for anglers seeking a rewarding and memorable fishing experience.

Boating at Pomme de Terre State Park

lake pomme de terre

The park offers four paved boat launch ramps for hassle-free entry into the lake.

On the Hermitage side of Pomme de Terre Lake, two boat launch ramps are available. One is conveniently located at the campground, accessible from March through November, providing campers with easy access to the water. The second ramp is situated off Highway 64 and RD Road, offering accessibility to the north side of the park.

On the Pittsburg sides of Pomme de Terre lake, boaters can make use of two additional boat launch ramps. One is located at the State Park Marina, providing convenient access for those docking their boats or seeking a day of water-based activities. The second ramp is situated near the open picnic shelter, ensuring easy entry to the lake for visitors enjoying a lakeside picnic.

It’s worth noting that there are no launch fees within the park, making it a cost-effective option for boating enthusiasts. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay, Pomme de Terre State Park offers a range of boating opportunities to suit your preferences.

For those looking for extended boating options, both daily and annual slip rentals are available. This allows boaters to secure a designated space to dock their boats, providing added convenience and peace of mind.

Campgrounds at Pomme de Terre

Camping procedures at Pomme de Terre State park

The park features approximately 240 campsites, providing spaces for tents, RVs, and trailers. These campsites offer basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings, allowing campers to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Camping Tip: It’s always a good idea to bring a headlamp, glow in the dark camping compass and adventure first aid kit. But, most important — don’t forget the S’Mores Kit!

Hermitage Campground: A Hidden Gem of Tranquility

RV camping at Pomme de Terre campground

Hermitage Campground offers spacious campsites and ample shade provided by the towering trees that surround the area. Sites are both next to the lake or just a short walk to the water.

Hermitage camp ground sites

There are designated spots for tent camping as well as for RVs or pull trailers. The campsite has showers, toilets, camp store and camp host.

Hermitage Campground provides a range of options including a baseball diamond, basketball court, playground, and tennis courts, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Pittsburg Campground: A Serene Lakeside Retreat

Camping lake pomme de terre

Pittsburg Campground offers a peaceful and well-organized space with plenty of shady options. Campsites are conveniently located along the water, providing campers with picturesque views and easy access to the lake.

One of the notable aspects of Pittsburg Campground is the lake’s reputation for being less crowded. This allows campers to fully appreciate the serene beauty of the lake without the hustle and bustle of excessive boat traffic. Whether you prefer sailing, boating, water skiing, or enjoying a leisurely pontoon ride, the lake provides ample space to indulge in your preferred water activities.

The campground sells ice, beverages, and snacks. Additionally, amenities such as a playground for children, showers, and laundry facilities ensure that campers have everything they need for a comfortable stay. Those seeking a bit more room to spread out can opt for a reservation at the family campground, providing additional space for a truly enjoyable camping experience.

Pomme De Terre Yurts, Cabins and Lake Houses

Accommodations at Pomme de Terre State Park also include three yurts, four camper cabins, one full-service marina cabin, and a lake house. With camping and lodging on both the Pittsburg and Hermitage sides of Pomme de Terre Lake ensures convenience for all visitors.


For a unique camping experience, Pomme de Terre State Park offers three yurts. These circular, tent-like structures provide a cozy and comfortable setting, with amenities such as beds, electricity, and heating/cooling systems.

The yurts are located in the 400 Loop in the Pittsburg area of the park. Each yurt features a log futon, log futon bunk bed, a dorm-size refrigerator, coffee table, lamp, air conditioner and heater. The unit sleeps five with a maximum occupancy of six.

Camper Cabins

There are four camper cabins available in the park, offering a step up from traditional tent camping. These cabins provide a rustic yet comfortable accommodation option, complete with beds, electricity, and basic kitchen facilities. The camper cabins also have heating, and air conditioning.

They can accommodate up to four adults and two youths, offering separate bedrooms for privacy. One bedroom features a queen bed, while the other has two single bunks. Additionally, there is a fold-out couch in the living room area for additional sleeping space.

Amenities in the cabins include a microwave, coffee pot, and full-size refrigerator. However, guests need to bring their own bedding. Each cabin is furnished with an outdoor picnic table and fire pit.

Although there is no running water in the cabins, guests have access to the campground shower house, which operates from April through October.

Full-Service Marina Cabin

If you’re seeking a more luxurious stay, the park offers a full-service marina cabin and a lake house. These fully furnished accommodations provide all the comforts of home, including kitchen facilities, bathrooms, and spacious living areas.

Lake House

Located on the Hermitage side of the park near the park office, the lake house is within short driving distance of a boat launch and picnic area. The house sleeps up to six people. Two bedrooms have a queen-size bed and a third bedroom has single bunk beds.

Glamping & Camping Missouri Must-Have Items

Pack your tent, lace up your boots, and get ready to embark on a camping adventure! Below are a few of our favorite camping gadgets and gear to make your time in the wilderness more fun!

  1. Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller Includes 12 Hours of long lasting refills. No spray, no DEET, no open flame.
  2. Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair The first-ever swinging and reclining camp chair takes relaxation and star gazing to a new level.
  3. Kammok Double Roo Hammock It supports up to 500 pounds but packs down to the size of a water bottle.
  4. Advanced Elements Solar Shower Large 5-gallon capacity that is designed to heat water fast in the warm sun.
  5. Outdoor First Aid Kit This kit is designed for camping and outdoor adventure. You hope you’ll never have to use but will never regret packing it with your camping gear.

Pomme de Terre Lake Cabins

Pomme de Terre State Park offers a variety of lake cabin rentals to suit different preferences and group sizes. The options include cozy one-bedroom cabins featuring a hot tub, as well as spacious cabins spanning 3,000 square feet with three master suites, accommodating up to 16 people.

Many of these cabins are conveniently located either directly on the lake or within a short walking distance from the lake and its inviting swimming beaches.

Closest Hotels to Pomme de Terre Lake

Clearlight Inn: Spacious rooms with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. They also also have a luxury suite with a king bed, an oversized jetted tub, a large flat screen television and fire place. Just a mile to the boat ramp. Check reviews on TripAdvisor .

Lakeview Lodge: A 10 unit motel offering standard and Kitchenette rooms Our relaxing pool overlooks a scenic view of Pomme de Terre Lake. We offer free wifi and free parking right outside your room. Just a half mile to the boat ramp and close to Pomme de Terre’s large swim beach. Check reviews on TripAdvisor.

Pomme de Terre Address: Hwy. 64B, Pittsburg, MO 65724

Pomme de Terre FAQ

Where is Pomme de Terre Lake located?

Pomme de Terre Lake is situated in the tree-covered hills of the west central Missouri Ozarks.

What River feeds Pomme de Terre?

The Osage and Missouri rivers feed Pomme de Terre.

Is Pomme de Terre lake man made?

Pomme de Terre Lake is part of a chain of lakes within the Osage River Basin, developed and built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with the purpose of flood control.


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