Council Bluff Lake Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Council Bluff Lake Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Belleview, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

rocky

From St. Louis, take Hwy. 21 south to Potosi (60 miles); turn west on Hwy 8, then south on Hwy P at the first stoplight; continue south on Hwy P (12 miles) to Hwy C, then turn west for .1 miles to Hwy DD; turn south and continue to entrance (7 miles).

1 month ago

Awesome

2 months ago

Cool trail on the lake. Had a nice breeze, clear weather, and swimming area. Nice overlook trail with good elevation that breaks off loop.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Definitely a good beginner hike. Came here for a backpacking trip but cut the trip a day short. First day I was covered in seed ticks and went to wash off in the closest bit of water which had leaches in it. Beautiful trail just don't recommend coming here in August!

hiking
4 months ago

My 12.5 and 11 year old had a blast! Trail is definitely a solid 12 miles! We did in just around 5.5 hours, which was clipping along. I suggest starting early in the day in order to include more stops along the way. Definitely bringing the entire family back!

backpacking
5 months ago

Loved this trail. Will be doing this one again.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Plenty of camping opportunities. My gps clocked a little over 12 miles and about 1500 ft elevation .

hiking
8 months ago

Finished this yesterday with a friend from work. A hair longer than 12 miles. Looking to do it again on a warm spring day.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Very scenic and well taken care of in sections. Some sections have a little overgrowth, especially parts that use the Fire roads. I recommend wearing quality bug spray, as I was inflected with chigger bites.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Really weedy in several spots today and the beach very busy and noisy. I could hear the screaming from two miles away. Disappointed that it was so loud. Very pretty trail however. Bet this is awesome during the school year.

trail running
Monday, March 13, 2017

Well maintained, with beautiful views of the lake. Mileage is over 12 miles instead of the 10 miles listed. Great trail

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hiked the entire loop. Took a little over 4 hours (12.7 miles) . I saw no one from the time I parked until I got back in my truck. Very peaceful with great views of the lake during most of the hike. Looking forward to doing it again in the Spring.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

This is a great trail. Quite a bit of elevation changes, and at times not marked very well, but the beauty of the lake makes up for it. It took me 4 hours to circle the lake.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Lots of mountain bikers when we went. Made hiking a little tough. Beautiful lake!!

hiking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Haven't done the full trail but plan to this summer! Love the campground here.

camping
Monday, November 16, 2015

The trail is pretty well distinguishable although not very well marked. Several water sources besides the lake if you have filters. Be warned! Around November when I went there were a ton of hunters so wear orange and hike smart also watch out for mountain bikers. Although you can't camp on the trail you can reach the designated campground or continue on the park trail connector

trail running
Monday, August 31, 2015

I am a novice trail runner/walker, and found the section beginning at the Enough boat ramp and heading clockwise for a couple of miles to be very doable and enjoyable. Mostly rollers with a big climb.

hiking
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Very nice trail. It has a nice swimming beach and picnic area.

hiking
Friday, September 20, 2013

This was a great hike. It is a relatively easy trail to hike. The elevation gain is about half the normal gain for other trails I have hiked in the past. The trail is well maintained (helped by mountain bikers) and there was a good breeze off the lake a good deal of the time. You could easily combine some fishing, kayaking or swimming (there is a beach area). You do need to stay alert to bikers. I did not pass another hiker but I did have about 10 mountain bikers pass me on the trail. Just stay alert and get out of the way. I hiked this trail in about 4 hours. My time on the trail was longer, but I took some time off the enjoy the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
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5 months ago

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

walking
Monday, September 02, 2013