Che-Ru Lake


Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing. When stocked in this order and properly managed, these species provide great fishing and good eating.

Area Information

Driving directions: At Meadville, go south five miles on Route W, then continue south 0.75 mile on Blackhorn Drive to the area headquarters. 

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Anglers have a variety of habitat features to target at this 160-acre lake. There are rocked banks around half of the shoreline, and under the water, timbered fence rows and rock reefs are scattered throughout the lake. Sampling consistently shows good numbers of 9 to 14-inch black crappie and white crappie. Good numbers of white bass and channel catfish are also present at Che-Ru. The lake is closed to fishing from October 15th through February 15th when it becomes part of the waterfowl refuge at Fountain Grove Conservation Area. A concrete boat ramp, privy, and covered fishing dock are located on the west side of the lake.  There is also an access road which allows anglers to fish 75% of the shoreline.

Driving Directions

Take blacktop W south of Meadville, MO 4.6 mi. Take Bunker Rd. to T in road (approximately 1mi). Take a right (South) onto Crown Dr. and go approximately .4 mi. Lake will be located on your left (East side of road).

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Che-Ru Lake in northwest Missouri

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