Council Bluff

Ozark Trail - Council Bluff Lake Loop

This trail was designed with mountain bikes in mind, and that becomes immediately apparent as you swoop up, down and around the little coves off the lake.  The 11.5 mile Lake Shore Trail winds around Council Bluff Lake, through a few pine and cedar groves, but never strays very far from the shore.  Most of the mileage is right next to the water.  While there is only modest elevation gain, the constant ups, downs and turns never seem to end. There are many miles of technical trail riding, but nothing too intimidating.  The trail is almost entirely singletrack with the exception of an old road bed about a mile long just before the Enough boat ramp, and a gravel road section just northeast of the swim beach.

There is also a connector along the Telleck Branch which allows you to connect with 2 major sections of the Ozark Trail: Trace Creek, and Middle Fork. From there you can get in some serious singletrack riding. 25 miles to the Highway J trailhead on the Middle Fork; 16 miles from the Telleck Connector to Hazel Creek Campground by going north on the Trace Creek section, or 8 miles south to the Highway A Trailhead. The Ozark Trail Association has just completed a reroute of the connector (Sep. 2006), which puts it up on the hillside and bypasses the flooding caused by the beaver dam. It's a great improvement over the previous trail and now the route from the campground is wide open.


There are toilets, water, some concessions, coin-operated showers, and a picnic area at the swim beach which is open in the summer. Toilets and water are at the Wild Boar Ridge campground which is open in late spring and summer and offers spacious wooded campsites. There is also a toilet and a gravel parking lot at the Enough boat launch area.


From Potosi, MO go south 13 miles on Hwy P. Turn right on Hwy C, then left on Hwy DD. It's about 7 miles to the sign for Council Bluff Recreation Area.

From the South: MO 32 to MO DD. North 3 miles to Council Bluff sign. Turn right.
Trailheads are at both the boat ramp and the Wild Boar Ridge Campground. There is a $3 day use fee.

Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)




12 miles




Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From TTM on Sun, 12/03/2017 - 9:42pm - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Buff AF! Good leaf cover beat down. 67*F AND DRY today 12/3/17. Shorts n tshirt
From TTM on Sat, 10/28/2017 - 4:15pm - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Puurrrrfect! All trees removed today. Plenty of leaf cover. Its crunch and no spider webs. Good colors.
From borders on Sun, 10/08/2017 - 8:48am - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Trail in great shape, the leaves that have fallen have been ridden into the trail. A couple of trees down but nothing major.
From borders on Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:45pm - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Trail in good shape. Some leaves but not a ton. Two trees down, one I was able to step over. Didn't ride the section between enough and the dam so can't speak for that section but overall trail is a blast right now. Go ride CB!!!
From TTM on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:15pm - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Leaf covered. The trail would love company. We cleared the trees on the east side of the lake and reworked the spillway crossing. Go Ride it Please!
From TTM on Wed, 10/26/2016 - 8:45am - Council Bluff (Ozark Region)
Conditions greatt! Leaf cover has started. Need tires on this trail! Leaf color is getting better. A few step over trees on the backside of the lake. GO Ride CBL!!!!