Truman Dam / Visitors Center
Visitor Center Information:
29027 Visitor Center Rd. Warsaw, Mo. 65355
Hours: 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, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Friday of Memorial Weekend through October 31.
Visitor Center Phone:
Please call (660) 438-2216 or (816) 389-3810
Driving Directions: As you approach Warsaw...
From the US 65: Exit onto the N. Dam Access Rd. Hint: Look for the McDonalds Sign. At the four way Stop, drive West approx. 1/4 mi. to destination on the right hand side.
From Hwy 7: Coming into Warsaw, exit onto the W. Dam Access Rd. Turn right (Stop Sign) onto Truman Dam Access Rd. Cross over Dam, arrive at destination on the left hand side.
Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir
Construction of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir began in August 1964 and was completed in October 1979. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Truman Lake area encompasses 259 square miles of land and water.
The project was initiated for flood control measures and is the largest flood control lake in the state of Missouri. At normal pool the lake covers 56,000 acres, but when the pool is at the top of flood control the number of acres increases to 200,000, spreading into portions of four counties: Benton, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair.
Atop of Kaysinger Bluff, with a spectacular view of Truman Lake, the Visitor’s Center offers a wide variety of exhibits. From reproductions of archeological fossils found in the area, to paintings of Mastodons, and a timeline showing the exploration and settlement of the Osage River Valley. The Center’s observation deck gives visitors the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the dam and portions of the lake.
Walk beyond the Visitor’s Center to Kaysinger Bluff Nature Trail and take a stroll back in time. Experience the White Oak Cabin, and then travel down the trail to the Hooper House and Farm Complex. Each October this area comes alive during Heritage Days as artisans from the past demonstrate their craft. Visit the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir website.
The Harry S. Truman Visitor Center hosts many events throughout the year.Some events to look forward to:
January: Eagle Days. The Truman Lake Eagle Days & the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers present Eagle Days every year.
Live Eagle Programs in the theater, presented by Dickerson Zoo has an
amazing show with live Eagles. You will actually be close and see
two live Eagles, which is pretty amazing. The show describes the Eagle, facts and information. Question and answer session as well.
This event also has various other vendors, the Missouri Dept of Conservation,
Photos displays, art displays from local Warsaw High Schools art Dept.
Children's activities center, Missouri, Master Naturalists Information Booth, and
"Where Eagles Soar" Video playing throughout the day. Fun for the whole family!!