Sunday, October 3, 2010

Truman Lake

The morning was foggy and chilly as we sat and fished at the cove behind our campsite. The fish were biting but we could not seem to catch anything. We just enjoyed watching the sun burn the fog off the lake and being together. We headed back to the campsite and fixed breakfast, and after eating eggs, bacon and sausage we decided to drive into Warsaw and explore the town.

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.

Unknown Skipper

Bumble Bee

Common Buckeye

Gray Hairstreak

Stink Bug Nymph

Black Swallowtail


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.


  1. Amazing the activity you found just being a little south. Been out all weekend and saw little flying , only a few species of butterfly and dragonfly. We have had a couple frost warnings so it takes a bit for all to warm up.

  2. Wow! That's an amazing assemblage of lovely flowers and bugs in fall. Pardon the no-doubt SUPER ignorant question, but is the hibiscus native?

  3. I have a good sense of humour. But to laugh at your husband while he's undergoing obvious torment - now matter how benign the danger is from YOUR point of view - is cruelty. The nazis were the same. Drop the insects and give him more love and affection, lady.

  4. well Anonymous I will say I debated for more than a minute as to whether I should publish your post, but decided I would. You obviously DO NOT know me or you would never have compared me to a Nazi. That in and of itself is almost apparently DO NOT have a sense of humor. I read and reread this post and did not find so much as one reference to "Tormenting" my husband. My husband and I have been married for over 23 years and have an excellent relationship and friendship. We frequently tease each other, and neither one of us takes it to heart as we are both able to laugh at ourselves. He once locked me in the goose pen on our property knowing full well they would bite me and they scared me...does that make him a nazi too? Seriously....GET A LIFE!!!! I would NEVER EVER under any circumstances laugh if someone was in GENUINE torment. I'm not heartless or cruel, but if we can't laugh at ourselves and the situations we sometimes find ourselves in then what good is living life. To take everyday and every situation so incredibly serious makes for a dull life. I bet you frequently suck the life and fun out of each and everything in your life.