The City of Piedmont sits in the center of a wide range of tourist attractions and activities. It has been estimated that even our own Clearwater Lake brings 1 million tourists to the area annually. Within a 50-mile radius the following facilities and natural resources attract several million visitors:
The Greater Piedmont Area
St. Francis River
Sam A. Baker State Park
Mark Twain National Forrest
Fort Benton - Civil War Battle Site
Fort Davidson - Civil War Battle Site
Markham Springs State Park
Jack's Fork River
Big Springs State Park
Elephant Rocks State Park
Johnson Shut-ins State Park
Big Springs State Park
Alley Springs State Park
Hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, walking or just plain relaxing. Piedmont has many options for even the most active of families. It is obvious that our community is the hub of tourism in this area. Our local economy depends on tourism to stimulate retail business which in turn generates sales taxes.
Recreation Within City Limits...
The City of Piedmont is proud of its parks and recreation facilities. The park system is administered by a City Council appointed board of directors. The board administers an annual budget, supervises all park activities including a summer little league baseball and soccer program. A park commissioner and his staff are directly responsible for the park board.
The City has three baseball fields, tennis courts, sand & badminton court, nature trail and other playground programs. the Clearwater R1 School shares the use of these facilities and assists the parks with financial support and maintenance.
The community also has a nine-hole golf course, The Piedmont Canyon Club, which has a swimming pool and beautiful clubhouse. Many social activities take place at the golf course clubhouse and grounds.
A good reason to fish Clearwater is due to the fact that there is no closed season on any species of fish at Clearwater Lake which anglers find appealing for year round sport. The daily limits are as follows: 50 sunfish, 30 crappie, 15 white bass, 10 channel catfish, and 5 flatheads.
Some of the more popular species to fish are: Bluegill & sunfish, catfish, largemouth, white bass, spotted bass, carp, and crappie. Walleye are not found in Clearwater but, below the dam in the Black River they can be found in nice numbers.
Recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working on high water facilities at all three of the main boat launching areas of Piedmont Park, Bluff View and Webb Creek for better access when the lake is above summer pool.
Here are some of the figures on the recreational aspects of Clearwater Lake that are provided by the Corps of Engineers:
1,630 surface acres
5 million visitor hours
6 developed recreational areas
114 boundary miles
27 shoreline miles
100 picnic sites
9 launch ramps
3 swim areas
6 children play areas
1 courtesy dock
1 group camp area
1 visitor center
37 acre watchable wildlife area
3 nature trails
10 miles hiking trails
If you would like more information please feel free to call
Clearwater Lake, also known as the "Gem of the Ozarks", is well known for many of its outdoor activities such as: Fishing, water skiing, swimming and boating. The average summer pool offers 1,630 surface acres to enjoy.
There are four main recreational areas that can be found at the corners of the lake. Bluff View, Piedmont Park, and Webb Creek offer campsites, swim beaches, boat ramps, marinas and playgrounds whereas the Spillway Park offers campsites, a playground and new nature trail.
Water temperatures and conditions of Clearwater Lake vary during the year. From January to
March the mean is 43 degrees. From April through June when crappie fishing is popular due to spawning it rises to about 66 degrees. July - September the average reaches its highest peak at 88 degrees with good bass fishing at night in the deeper waters. The mid fall from October - December it begins dropping to around 55 degrees with the fish feeding in the shallow waters.
The "Gem of the Ozarks"
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Clearwater Lake Resident Office
Route 3, Box 3559
Piedmont, MO 63957
Clearwater Bass Association
(573) 856-4681 or
Clearwater Lake Association
P.O. Box 241
Piedmont, MO 63957