BAGNELL DAM ACCESS
Edge Wade, December
2008, revised 2016
Miller Co. DeLorme 45, C-7/8
Leased by MDC, for
information call 573-346-2210
Directions: From US 54, immediately north of the Osage River Bridge, go
west on Osage River Bridge Road about 0.4 miles to the access on the left.
When to Visit/Species to Expect: This is the most dependable site in the
state north of the southern tier of counties to find Black Vultures. Passerines, waders and shorebirds (in season)
can be expected along the lakeshore and in the nearby woods. Gulls in
winter gather to work the area at the base of the dam visible from the access
and the parking area nearer to the dam. A Black-legged Kittiwake has been
Features of interest to birders: Perimeter of the large parking area and
the mowed lawn provide easy access to riparian area trees and a variety of
At low water, a sandbar
is often occupied by waders and shorebirds in season.
Hazards/Limitations: None noted other than rapid rise of water
due to releases from the dam (a siren sounds before water is released).
Nearby Birding Sites: Lake of the Ozarks SP, Saline Valley CA,
Mansfield (Alice A.) CA.