Ashland Lake is located in the University of Missouri’s Baskett Wildlife Research Area, east of Ashland. It is approximately 12 acres in size and has a watershed of 2,475 acres. This represents a large ratio of watershed size to lake volume, which reduces the lakes ability to dilute inflows and settle out particulate matter. The lake’s fishery is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and public fishing is allowed.
Photo of Brushy Creek, The inflowing creek at Ashland
Lake. Note the brown color, indicative of a high concentration of suspended
sediments. The photo was taken following a rain. Charles Laun photo.