The scenery along the lake is very beautiful, gorgeous rock cliffs and gorgeous blue water dotted with fishing boats. We headed to the visitors center where we noticed some Black vultures and Turkey vultures roosting near the center. After leaving the visitors center we went to the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery where they raise fish to be released in various lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. They provide fishing poles and bait for children to try their hand at catching fish out of one of the ponds located on-site. Several small children were fishing with their families and seemed to be having a good time.
The gulls were flying around everywhere begging for scrapes from the fishermen. They were especially fond of hanging out near the marinas. They are large and loud birds with a very gregarious personality.
Later we walked along a beautiful river walk that wound along the Osage River which feeds into Truman Lake. Flowers were planted everywhere, New England Aster, Goldenrod, Lead Plant, and various other plants in all colors. The insects were taking full advantage of the late season blooms.
Stink Bug Nymph
Many more flowers could be found all over the shoreline around the lake, including this beautiful purple "Water Smartweed".
I think the Pink Rose Mallow was my absolute favorite flower found at the lake. he stunningly large pink blooms were gorgeous. Definitely eye-catching.
Are you looking for a weekend getaway? Give Harry S. Truman Lake a visit. You won't be disappointed. Excellent fishing, sightseeing, flowers, wildlife and unique insects all abound. The campground is spacious and the staff are friendly and informative. We can't wait for our next visit.