Fishing and Boating

The St. Charles County Parks Department allows harvestable fishing in our multiple lakes, ponds and streams. Lakes are stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish, giving anglers an opportunity to enjoy their pastime and introduce friends and relatives to the activity. In addition, park visitors may fish the Mississippi and Missouri river at several boat launches. Please see the chart at the bottom of the page for a list of parks, water bodies, and more for details.

For questions, please contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or by email, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For updates on parks and weather conditions, call the Rainout Line at 636-707-0011 or view online.

Fishing Regulations

In order to maintain a healthy population within our waterways, it is necessary to remove several mature fish per acre each year. Bass and bluegill are self-sustaining populations and catfish can be re-stocked based on population studies. Without harvest, fish can become stunted and never reach full maturity.

There is no charge for fishing in our parks, but visitors must comply with the rules and regulations of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Fishing within and along park waterways is governed by the regulations of the State of Missouri. Permits are required for all persons aged 16–64 who fish at St. Charles County Parks. Visit the MDC website for a complete listing of Missouri fishing rules and regulations.

In addition to all the fishing opportunities throughout our regional parks system, we offer an annual Youth Fish Camp to children at Quail Ridge Park and participate in MDC's Free Fishing Days.

Anglers may possess no more than the daily limit of any given species while fishing in St. Charles County Parks ponds and lakes. These regulations are posted at each waterway and include: 


Parks and Water Bodies for Fishing and Boating

ParkWater Bodies
Bangert Island
1704 S. River Road
St. Charles, MO 63303

Missouri River Access 

Free public boat ramp

Broemmelsiek Park
1795 Highway DD
Defiance, MO 63341

Park Map
Park Webpage

Betty’s Lake

At 13 acres, Betty’s Lake is a popular lake in the St. Charles County Parks’ system. Named in honor of Betty Broemmelsiek, the lake is open to non-motorized boats and catch and release fishing. Stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish.
Schwede Road Pond

Stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish.
Wilson Road Lake

Stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish
Hideaway Harbor
1550 Hideaway Harbor Drive
Portage des Sioux, MO 63373

Weber Lake

This 12-acre lake has a spacious fishing dock that is ADA-accessible. Stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish.

Mississippi River access

Free public boat ramp

Indian Camp Creek Park
2679 Dietrich Rd.
Foristell, MO 63348

Park Map
Park Webpage

Big Creek

Forms the northern boundary of the park. Open to fishing.

Indian Camp Creek

Flows near the park entrance. Open to fishing.

Lake alongside the Eco-Playground

Stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish.

Klondike Park
4600 Highway 94 S
Augusta, MO 63332

Park Map
Park Webpage

Quarry Lake

Stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish

Missouri River Access

Free public boat ramp

Quail Ridge Park
560 Interstate Dr.
Wentzville, MO 63385

Park Map
Park Webpage

Henry’s Pond

Recognizing the former property owner, Henry Stealey, Henry’s Pond, located next to shelter number 4, is stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish.

Lodge Lake

A 3-acre fishing lake near the lodge and gazebo is stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish

Peruque Creek

Riverside Landing
600 Kampville Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63301

Park Webpage

Mississippi River Access 

Free public boat ramp

The Park at New Melle Lakes
400 Foristell Rd.
New Melle, MO 63365

Park Map
Park Webpage

A 25-acre lake and multiple smaller lakes and ponds are available for catch-and-release fishing.

Towne Park
100 Towne Park Dr.
Foristell, MO 63348

Park Map
Park Webpage

Lake bordering Nature Explore Classroom

Slightly more than an acre. Stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish. 

Two additional smaller ponds are located along the park’s trail system

Veterans Tribute Park
101 Kisker Rd.
St. Charles, MO 63304

Park Webpage

Two lakes are stocked for catch-and-release fishing