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Benton County Museum and Historical Society 
1660 Hilltop Drive, Warsaw, MO 65355
Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm - 4 pm

We strive to preserve the memory of our people, towns and heritage of days gone by concentrating on the 1835-1985 time period.
Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00 Children (4-12) $2.00 Members: Free

Conservation Areas in Benton County
A list of all hiking and biking trails, fishing, bird watching, hunting/waterfowl hunting, and camping areas in Benton County

Drake Harbor

Drake Harbor and Recreation Area are located on the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks, just one block off of downtown Main Street. Drake Harbor has a host of Riverfront Trails that are perfect for everyone whether you are out for a relaxing stroll, bicycle ride or if you are a serious walker or runner. The Harbor loop is approximately three-quarters of a mile.
You will also find the beautiful Steamboat Landing Boardwalk which connects to MK White Park by way of the Osage Trail that stretches one and a half miles to 65 hwy. The Drake Harbor Trial and footbridge lead to the historic Joe Dice Swinging Bridge, which connects to the Bledsoe Ferry Trail and to the Kickapoo Island Trail.
It is also home to a playground, horseshoe pits, beautiful picnic areas along the water, access to fishing areas, boat ramps, boat slips, and the gorgeous Osage Amphitheater overlooking the water that plays host to many weddings & musical events.
Drake Harbor also holds many Jubilee Day events in the summer, Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival in August, Heritage Days events in the fall, and at Christmas time you will find Warsaw’s own wonderland of lights with an amazing array of spectacular light displays!

Harry S. Truman Visitor Center
29027 Visitor Center Rd., Warsaw, MO 65355
660-438-2216 or 816-389-3810
Open season for the Visitor Center is March 15 through October 31, seven days a week. 
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 through the Thursday prior to Memorial Weekend
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Friday of Memorial Weekend through Labor Day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October 31

The Harry S. Truman Regional Visitor Center sits atop Kaysinger Bluff and provides a spectacular view of Truman Dam and Reservoir. Exhibits within the visitor center provide information about the rich history of the Osage River Valley from pre-civilization to modern day. Waterfowl, bald eagles, and turkey vultures can routinely be observed from the observation deck. A social history time line depicting the exploration and settlement of the Osage 
River Valley is displayed on the north wall for viewing as visitors walk up the north ramp.
Exhibits on the upper deck explain Truman Lake’s role in cultural history, wildlife, and environmental management, the operation of the powerhouse, Corps of Engineers Missions, and Construction of the Harry S. Truman Project. Views from the upper deck allow visitors to see both Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks. Visitors get a sense of the construction and operation of Truman Dam, which separates the two lakes.
Other items of interest within the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center Complex include a nature trail along Kaysinger Bluff (approximately 3/4 mile), the Hooper House and Barn, the Log Cabin complex, Pioneer Village, the Kaysinger General Store, and the Concord Schoolhouse located just off the Hooper House Trail.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Butterfield Stage Experience
The Butterfield Overland Stage Trail operated from 1858 through 1861, carrying mail and passengers from Tipton, Missouri, to San Francisco, California. The trip was 22 days long and ran each direction twice per week.  During the Civil War, the trail was used as a military trail by both Union and Confederate Armies. Approximately 160 years later, the 250-mile route through Missouri has become the Butterfield Stage Experience. Known for its unique history and beautiful scenery, the Butterfield Stage Experience allows walkers, hikers, bikers, and riders of all kinds to enjoy the back-road gravel riding at it’s finest.

Joe Dice Swinging Bridge
It’s also one of five remaining bridges built by Joseph A. Dice. This self-taught engineer didn’t finish the fourth grade and never used blueprints to build any of the original 31 suspension bridges. Numerous trails from Drake Harbor connect to and from the Swinging Bridge for bicyclists, walkers, hikers and more. Enjoy miles of  Riverfront trails that have been developed which are also accessible to handicap & wheelchairs. Cross the Swinging Bridge and view the Osage Arm without getting wet. Fun for the whole family! Bring the bikes, walk, run and or walk the dog…great wildlife to see, great scenery and it’s all free.

Riverfront Trails
The Warsaw Riverfront trail system runs along the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks/Lake of the Ozarks and links 3 major parks, creating a linear park along this scenic waterfront area that has beautiful views of the Ozark Hills, bluffs, lakes, and green ways.

Shawnee Bend Bluff Trail
Take the West Dam Access Road to Shawnee Bend Park. At the top of the boat ramp parking lot is the Shawnee Bend Trailhead. Enter around the yellow gate.

Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park
Located at 28565 Benton House Avenue Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park is designed for riders of all ages and skill. The park offers scenic downhills, challenging climbs, and sweet single track.

Lost Valley Hatchery

Lost Valley Hatchery is located on Lost Valley Road just northeast of Warsaw, MO. At 969 acres, it is the largest state-owned hatchery in Missouri and is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Lost Valley is a warm water hatchery and produces a variety of fish species in 77 rearing ponds including walleye, muskellunge, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, channel catfish, hybrid sunfish, fathead minnows, and golden shiners. The hatchery also raises the federally endangered Topeka shiner and propagates various species of state endangered mussels. The fish species produced by the hatchery are stocked into rivers and lakes statewide.
The area at Lost Valley encompasses several habitats like glades, mixed forest, and open grassland. The area east of the access road is open to archery hunting of deer and shotgun and archery hunting of other species. There is ample opportunity to walk, hike, take photos, and bird watching. Lost Valley Hatchery also includes a 2,000 square foot visitor center with exhibits that focus on warm water fish culture, fishing, and MDC’s role in aquatic resource management. The visitor center includes two large windows where visitors can view the production room and a 12,700-gallon aquarium containing many of our native species. The center is open year-round and admission is free.

M K White Park and Disc Golf Course
White Dr, Warsaw, MO
Beautiful city park and disc golf course with water on 2 sides. 

Osage Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks
A whole different kind of vacation experience is waiting for you at the Upper Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Don’t worry about traffic jams, big boats swamping you with their wake or any bright lights and big city noises.
This area is known as “the quiet end of the Lake of the Ozarks.” There are cabins, quaint dining and even camping available.

Shawnee Bend Park and Disc Golf Course

Shawnee Bend Park sits on the shores of Harry S. Truman Lake in the hills of western Missouri. Visitors enjoy fishing, hunting, swimming, boating and a disc golf course with both wide open throws and tight turns.

Truman Lake
There are more than 100,000 acres of land surrounding the lake that provides wonderful opportunities for horseback riding, camping, hiking and biking, bird watching, and photography, with over 20 parks and access areas around the lake. Truman Lake has over 55,600 acres of water surface, and is a great venue for enjoying fishing, boating and water sports. 

Warsaw Farmer's Market
1330 Commercial St., Warsaw, MO 65355

OPEN Saturdays 8 am-12 pm . Located south of 7 Hwy on Commercial Street in J&D Pharmacy parking lot
The Warsaw Farmer’s Market is where you will find local growers, market gardeners, crafters and green thumbs all bringing their fresh produce and products to the market. In addition to produce and garden blooms, you will find an assortment of items such as soaps, honey, breads, pastries, eggs, crafts and much more. Participates in the Double Up Food Bucks with food stamps program.

Warsaw Municipal Pool
1009 W. Jackson St., Warsaw, MO 65355
Hours: Mon - Sat Noon to 7, Sun and holidays Noon - 5 

Pool Rates: From 12 PM – 5 PM is $4.00
Twilight swim from 5 PM – 7 PM is $2.00
Lap swim is available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6 AM to 7 AM, Monday and Wednesday: 10 AM – 11: 00 AM
The outside temperature must be 75 degrees for the pool to open.
Other services include swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool can be rented out for parties as well. For more information on these services please call 660-438-5522.