McDaniel Lake

McDaniel lake is a 300-acre (1.22 km2) water source for Springfield, Missouri. It is currently owned and operated as their public water source by City Utilities of Springfield. Although it is located 5 miles (8 km) north of the city, the Springfield Police Department has primary responsibility for the lake, shorelines, and corresponding city-owned land. The utility is 100% owned by the City of Springfield.

McDaniel Lake has been designated a "restricted lake". This means that boating, floating and swimming are prohibited. However, fishing is permitted and encouraged from the concrete bridge that spans 50 yards (46m) west to east across the lake at one its smaller sections.

McDaniel Lake was formed by the impoundment of the Little Sac River in 1929. It is one of the oldest man-made dams located in the area. Fellows Lake was built in 1957. McDaniel Lake was built to increase lake-water storage. It is visible from the single bridge.

Only two points are required to access the lake by vehicle: Farm Roads 145/151, and Farm Road 159. Both roads have large bridges that can be used to fish. However, the Farm Road 145/151 bridge has been deemed to be a better location for fishing.

There are many species of fish in the lake, including carp, small and large mouth bass, white and channel catfish, and many sunfish. Because of its tranquility and peace, the lake is quickly becoming a popular spot for fishing in Southwest Missouri.

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